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Consciousness: How we’re solving a mystery bigger than our minds

TWENTY years ago this week, two young men sat in a smoky bar in Bremen, northern Germany. Neuroscientist Christof Koch and philosopher David Chalmers …

Consciousness

Are Space And Time Quantized? Maybe Not, Says Science

Throughout the history of science, one of the prime goals of making sense of the Universe has been to discover what’s fundamental. Many of the things we observe and interact with in the modern, macroscopic world are composed of, and can be derived from, smaller particles and the underlying laws …

Quantum Mechanics

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INNOVATIONS IN<p>Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers.<p>Christof Koch is chief scientist and president of the …

Consciousness

What everyone gets wrong about introverts — including why they are not antisocial or lazy

When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time alone, avoiding social situations.<p>But being an introvert isn't really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people. In fact, introverts can have some …

The digital afterlife is open for business. But it needs rules.

Death in the digital era is just plain weird. People keep writing “happy birthday” on the Facebook walls of deceased friends; that relative who keeps …

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Opinion: Why the actions of cities — not nations — will be the key to our survival on earth

<i>iStock</i><p>While some world leaders resist global cooperation, city leaders are working across borders to tackle big issues like global warming, …

Urbanism

How to see a memory

NEWS FEATURE<p>Every memory leaves its own imprint in the brain, and researchers are starting to work out what one looks like.<p>Helen Shen is a science …

The Brain

300-Year-Old Scraps of Paper From a Shipwreck Reveal What Pirates Liked to Read

Anyone for a pirate book club?<p>A rare discovery from <i>Queen Anne's Revenge</i> - the wreck of famous pirate Blackbeard's ship - could offer some insight …

Archaeology

A Former Facebook VP Says Social Media Is Destroying Society

He says he has "tremendous guilt".<p>Speaking at a recent event at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Chamath Palihapitiya – a former vice …

The human universe: Does consciousness create reality?

Samuel Johnson thought the idea was so preposterous that kicking a rock was enough to silence discussion. “I refute it thus,” he cried as his foot …

Why Do We Believe Anything, Anyway?

Your Worldview is not the World<p>This essay riffs off lecture 16, <i>The Believing Brain</i>, in Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg’s <i>Great Courses</i> lecture …

Transcendentalism

Conscious A.I. Will Give Us Meaningful Relationships

A little empathy could go a long way.<p>By now, everyone’s familiar with the tale: artificial intelligence achieves consciousness, judges that humans …

Singularity

Quantum Gravity’s Time Problem

The effort to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity means reconciling totally different notions of time.<p>Theoretical physicists striving to …

Recommended Reading: Physicists Wonder: Does Time Really Exist Or Does It Just Look That Way?

As it turns out, time is a pretty complicated thing. And I'm not talking about measuring it, or making little devices to chime out the hours, either. …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

The Brain

The Universe Could Be One Giant Alien Claims Scientist

Are we living inside an alien?<p>A scientist has put forward the extraordinary idea that one of the reasons we haven’t found alien life yet is because …

Hear Italo Calvino Read Selections From Invisible Cities, Mr. Palomar & Other Enchanting Fictions

<i>The Travels of Marco Polo</i>—tales told by the Venetian explorer to Italian romance writer Rustichello da Pisa—purportedly describes in great detail …

Snowden-approved: The 'Citizenfour' hacker's toolkit - ExtremeTech

Snowden-approved: The ‘Citizenfour’ hacker’s toolkit<p>By on March 20, 2015 at 9:23 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this …

Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 12.20.14.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Dystopian …