Dan Cross

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THE EVOLUTION OF DESPAIR

"[I] attribute the social and psychological problems of modern society to the fact that society requires people to live under conditions radically …

Psychology

This common night-time mistake could be giving you NIGHTMARES

You could be having nightmares because of a common night-time mistake, experts have warned.<p>Sleep counsellors say the temperature of your bedroom must …

Sleep

30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

Jerry Seinfeld's Secret to Being More Productive and Healthier, In Just 4 Words

In just 4 simple and straight-forward words, Jerry Seinfeld breaks down the key to better health and productivity.<p>Whether you're looking to improve your health, wealth, creativity, or transform your year-- Jerry Seinfeld's rise as a comedian can provide a valuable blueprint to achieving your …

Natural-born existentialists

Ethics cannot be based on human nature because, as evolutionary biology tells us, there is no such thing<i>By Ronnie de Sousa</i>Read at Aeon

Evolution

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Why religious people 'cling' to beliefs even when contradicted by evidence

Religious people "cling" to certain beliefs in the face of evidence because those views are closely tied to their moral compasses, new studies have …

Neuroscientists Are Searching for God in Our Gray Matter

Neuroscientists have long been curious about the neural basis of faith.<p>Between 1967 and 1970, neurologist and Korean War veteran William Caveness started an unusual collection. He gathered information on roughly 2,000 Vietnam War soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries during combat, …

News from the Edge | Is the Human Mind Bound by the Laws of Physics? A Proposed New Quantum Experiment may Provide the Answer

Thursday, June 1, 2017<p>Is the Human Mind Bound by the Laws of Physics? A Proposed New Quantum Experiment may Provide the Answer<p>A new experiment has …

‘It's a superpower’: meet the empaths paid to read your mind

They feel your pain as if it were their own – and charge you £200 an hour to do so. Why has empathy become such a prized commodity?<p>It is late on Friday at Piper’s diner in Koreatown, Los Angeles. David Sauvage, a slight 36-year-old man with an arresting stare, is preparing to empathise with me. …

Empathy

10 ways to fight loneliness

Though it can be good song material, feeling lonely can be detrimental to your health, research shows.<p>According to research by AARP, 35 percent of survey respondents age 45 and up were lonely.<p>And additional research has tied loneliness to metabolic syndrome, an array of health conditions such as …

The Four Immortality Stories We Tell Ourselves

Since the moment humans became aware of their existence, they have been haunted by the knowledge that it will inevitably come to an end and the hope …

Singularity

Is the Universe Conscious?

Some of the world's most renowned scientists are questioning whether the cosmos has an inner life similar to our own.<p>For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples …

Consciousness

Can We Copy the Brain?

Intensive efforts to re-create human cognition will transform the way we work, learn, and play<p>1. A Unique Machine<p>Trying to create consciousness may …

Nick Cave Will Never Be Forgotten

After the devastating loss of his son, Nick Cave confronted grief with his music and art. The legendary artist invited us into his home in Brighton, England, to talk about a world after despair.<p>The city of Brighton, where Nick Cave lives on the southern coast of England, is like a place out of …

Stress really is killing us

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are new clues that the high levels of stress many people endure every day are taking a deadly toll.<p>White, working-class Americans are dying in middle age at a rapidly increasing pace, reversing a long-standing trend toward greater life expectancy across all races and social classes, …

Biomarkers

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

Could we trick the brain to stop tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound (for example ringing, buzzing, whooshing or humming) in the absence of any external sound source.<p>Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent, steady or pulsating. It might be perceived in one ear or both, or in the middle of the head. Some people may even think the …

Neurophilosophy

Why happy music makes you do bad things

There may be a surprising dark side to easy-listening and feel-good tracks.<p>From the distinctive opening “Whooah” to the recurring funky brass riff that follows each line of lyrics, James Brown’s hit song I Got You (I Feel Good) is a recipe for happiness.<p>The iconic track is arguably one of the most …

The Disease of More

Success is often the first step toward disaster. The idea of progress is often the enemy of actual progress.I recently met a guy who, despite having …

Happiness

Storytelling Can Help Skepticism And Make Us More Resistant To Religion

February 6, 2017 by Luciano Gonzalez<p>I’ve written briefly before about the need for storytellers and how I feel like Latin-America is losing its …

Latin America

Fighting Depression? Neuroscience Says This May Reduce Symptoms by 40 Percent (in Just 8 Weeks)

Anyone can do it, and it doesn't involve prescription medication.<p>Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It affects over 15 million adults annually, or 6-7 percent of the entire adult population. It is so common, in fact, that nearly everyone has either …

Can we please stop referring to people as left or right brained?

In the second episode of our Creative Lies series, we’re taking another myth around the back of the barn in an effort to put it out of <i>our</i> misery. …

Creativity

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How to Tell the Difference Between Sadness, Grief, and Depression

We all know what it’s like to feel sad. Sadness is a standard human emotion. It looks different for different people and in different situations, but …

What Dogs, Lies And Sex Teach Us About Our True Selves

New research suggests that even college students who overwhelmingly report that they accept interracial relationships show greater activity in the insula — a brain region associated with disgust — when presented with images of black-white interracial couples than when presented with images of …

You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to

• Information overload sucks, so we aggressively filter.<br>• Lack of meaning is confusing, so we fill in the gaps.<br>• We need to act fast lest we lose our chance, so we jump to conclusions.<br>• This isn’t getting easier, so we try to remember the important bits.<p><b>We don’t see everything.</b> Some of the information we …

The Brain

A Decade After Atheists Were Found to be the Most Disliked Group in the Country, Little Has Changed

September 12, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>It was more than 10 years ago when researchers at the University of Minnesota announced some shocking numbers …

Psychologists spent a month tracking the moods of 28,000 people, and what they did when they were the happiest surprised them

We like doing things that feel good because, well, they feel good. It's something psychologists call the "hedonic principle." Basically, the principle goes, we try to do pleasurable things whenever possible and avoid un-pleasurable things whenever we can.<p>Given our pleasure-seeking track record, …

Happiness