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Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

Half a century ago, the pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest …

Machine Learning

How a 4th-century Taoist concept is treating anxiety

The concept of non-action might just be the most powerful action to take for curbing anxiety.<br>Read More

Mindfulness

How I Got Delightfully High On Legal Mushrooms

Ever since Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s eccentric but oddly compelling food diary went viral — and people finally started taking Goop …

'Ikigai': the Japanese lifestyle trend promising to find your life purpose

From yoga retreats and weekly mindfulness classes to downloading meditation apps such as Headspace and Calm, many of us spend our lives (and pay cheques) on trying to achieve happiness and fulfilment.<p>However, having tried out the Danish concept of finding contentment in cosiness with the pursuit of …

Synchronized Galactic Orbit Challenges Our Best Theory of How the Universe Works

Scientists thought the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies were unique: They’ve got rings of smaller dwarf galaxies orbiting in what seems to be a …

Nobel-Winning Physicist Niels Bohr on Subjective vs. Objective Reality and the Uses of Religion in a Secular World

“The fact that religions through the ages have spoken in images, parables, and paradoxes means simply that there are no other ways of grasping the reality to which they refer. But that does not mean that it is not a genuine reality. And splitting this reality into an objective and a subjective side …

Nobel Prize

Leonardo Da Vinci is history's best case for wasting time

A few years ago, Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, wrote: “Differentiate or die.” So-called “spanners,” people who work across boundaries or genres, cause cognitive dissonance in others, according to Michael Hannan, StrataCom Professor of Management Emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of …

Creativity

A Brief History of the Superorganism, Part One

A few years ago, I decided to fry up a mess of smallmouth bass from my parents' pond. But when we – okay, my mom – started to clean the fish, they …

New Theory Suggests That Consciousness Is a Byproduct of Entropy

It’s the second law of thermodynamics, one of the essential rules of the physical universe, everything is infused with a particle of chaos, and that …

Panpsychism: Scientists Discover that Everything — from Rocks to Molecules — Is Conscious

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present …

Consciousness

Here's What a 270 Year-Old Mathematical Formula Can Teach You About Innovation | Inc.com

Accountants tell us that numbers don't lie, because for them numbers are the same as facts. Mathematicians see it differently though. They see numbers as abstract representations of reality that, when combined with other numbers, have an almost mystical ability to create patterns that unlock hidden …

Mathematics

Evolution as Biological Thermodynamics

When Guy Hoelzer runs computer simulations of organisms living in the modeling equivalent of a featureless plain, he sees them break into different …

Superorganism as Window Into Complexity and Evolution

Should a beehive be viewed as a collection of individual organisms, or a single organism unto itself? Or both?<p>Over the last several days I've written …

7 games with great learning curves that all developers should study

The best games are a slow steady learning process.<p>They teach and guide while they entertain and challenge. They push players to improve steadily — to …

Gamification: The Science and Software to Make You More Productive

Gamification is everywhere: in to-do list apps Todoist and Asana, encouraging you to get more done; in Apple Watch, rewarding you for achieving …

Productivity Apps

12 Tips for Gamifying a Course

Teaching and Learning<p>Page 3 of 3<p><b>10) Collect Data</b><p>Ideally, instructors should have the ability to collect data about students' progress and achievement …

Why You Get More Done When You Gamify Your Life

According to these gamification systems, you can level up your productivity and get more done in record-breaking time.

Gamification

5 Pitfalls of Gamification That Every Course Author Should Know About

Don’t let These Gamification Missteps Undermine Your Efforts to Make Your Course More Engaging We all were children. This means that we all played …

Gamification

Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound

Science and spirituality: Jeff Lieberman at TEDxCambridge 2011

Why You and the Universe Are One

<i>By Deepak Chopra, MD, Menas Kafatos, PhD,</i><p>It takes a lot to overturn the accepted view of reality, but it doesn't take a lot to begin. The accepted view of reality holds that human beings exist in the context of a vast physical universe "out there." Only an extreme mystic would doubt this …

Prepare for a world without work

As we start the year full of good intentions to flourish at work, social scientists are warning that our careers could be over sooner than we …

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 …

Consciousness

Making Learning Visible: Doodling Helps Memories Stick

Shelley Paul and Jill Gough had heard that doodling while taking notes could help improve memory and concept retention, but as instructional coaches …

Teaching

50+ Best JavaScript Charting Libraries

Data visualization is the most discussed topics among companies these days. Data is the very powerful tool but sometimes it is very hard to …

Data Visualization

Why bees could be the secret to superhuman intelligence

A tool inspired by swarming insects is helping people predict the future - making groups of people smarter than their members are by themselves.<p>Louis Rosenberg thinks he has found a way to make us all a lot smarter. The secret to this superhuman intelligence? Bees.<p>Rosenberg runs a Silicon Valley …

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has learned how to pick out criminals by their faces

With the advent of photography, a tiny fraction of 19th-century scientists believed they could develop methods of accurately identifying criminals by their facial features. While their hypotheses were eventually discredited, new artificial intelligence technology suggests their claims might’ve been …

Artificial Intelligence

Planetary Harmonics & Neuro-biological Resonances

Planetary Harmonics & Neurobiological Resonances<p>in Light, Sound, & Brain Wave Frequencies;<br>Including the translation of sound to color<p>New sections …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

Reading with intention can change your life

A random sampling of the world’s most successful people will show one common trait: a love of reading. Reading is the easiest way to continue the learning process, increase empathy, boost creativity, and even just unwind from a long day. But books can also change the way we think and live.<p>Warren …

Creativity