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Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

Enlightenment Is Not What It’s Cracked Up To Be

Ever wondered what an enlightened person looks like? Probably not what you’ve imagined.<p>Having gone through rigorous Zen training myself, which left …

Earth - What is our Universe made of?

If an alien managed to visit our Universe from a parallel reality, there is a high chance they would not even notice we exist.<p>In a way that's obvious: the Universe is enormous and our planet is but a small, pale blue dot. But it's worse than that: the aliens might not even notice all the stars and …

Dark Matter

Understanding Brainwaves to Expand our Consciousness

The human brain is a complex entity constantly at work, sending electrical signals, communicating, building new neural connections and so on. This …

In Iran talks, failure is an option

Obama officials have said the odds of an Iran nuclear deal are no more than 50-50.<p>Even if negotiators in Switzerland strike a partial agreement on Iran’s nuclear program ahead of a midnight deadline Tuesday, they can’t relax yet. And officials still worry that the nuclear talks might fall apart …

South Asia

The science is in: God is the answer

Research shows kids raised with spirituality are happier and healthier in the vulnerable teen years. Why aren’t we all signing up?<p>Eighteen years ago, …

The Neurological Pleasures of Fast Fashion

Research shows that the brain finds pleasure in the pursuit of inexpensive things, and high-street chains and online retailers sites alike are cashing in.<p>In wealthy countries around the world, clothes shopping has become a widespread pastime, a powerfully pleasurable and sometimes addictive …

University of Michigan

Sense of Nonsense: Alan Watts on How We Find Meaning by Surrendering to Meaninglessness

“It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.”<p>In his early thirties, <b>Alan Watts</b> (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

The Brain

Man's Need for Ritual and the Rites of Manhood | The Art of Manliness

Does modern life ever feel excruciatingly <i>flat</i> to you? A bleak landscape devoid of layers, rhythm, interest, <i>texture</i>?<p>Are you ever haunted by the …

What Is Humanity’s Greatest Invention?

Yuval Noah Harari, author of <i>Sapiens</i><i>: A Brief History of Humankind</i>, offers an answer:<p>Humanity’s greatest invention is religion, which does not mean …

Hinduism

How To Generate More Alpha Brain Waves

Alpha brain waves are one type of brain wave that correspond to a certain state of consciousness. In terms of oscillations, they are measured by an …

North Korean defectors undermine totalitarianism with smuggled pirate sitcoms

In an <i>amazing</i>, long, in-depth investigative piece, Wired's Andy Greenberg recounts the story of North Korean dissidents who have escaped, but who …

North Korea

Did Smoking Pot Mess Up Your Brain?

Actually, research suggests that the chemicals in marijuana might protect against Alzheimer’s.<p><b>By CHRIS GOLDSTEIN and DEBBIE GALANT</b><p>At some point in …

Dementia

Anne R. Allen's Blog: The 10 REAL Reasons Your Book Was Rejected: A Big 5 Editor Tells All

Rejected by literary agents, Sheila Rodgers' self-published mysteries went on to sell one million copies.<p>Rejection is usually not about you: True …

Embracing Stone Age Couple Found in Greek Cave

Rare double burials discovered at one of the largest Neolithic burial sites in Europe.<p>Strange and surprising findings have been reported from ongoing excavations at Alepotrypa Cave, a site in the Peloponnesus that one archaeologist called "a Neolithic Pompeii," the Greek Ministry of Culture, …

Seven Independent Coffee Roasters

Thanks to coffee culture spreading far and wide—from Portland's Stumptown to Chicago's Intelligentsia—the appeal of independent micro-roasters over corporate coffee houses is starting to catch on not just among connoisseurs but mainstream America as well. To survey the latest, we've dedicated our …

Coffee

This is what happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and …

How Your Unconscious Mind Betrays You

I posted recently on the dangers of leaving your body language to chance. I’m going to continue on this subject for a couple more blog posts.<p>Your unconscious mind is busy 24-7 running your body, freeing up your conscious mind to think about things like the temperature of your latte and your Spotify …

Consciousness

The myth of pure science: It’s all about political, economic, religious interests

Scientific research can flourish only in alliance with some ideology. Even Darwin couldn’t have done it alone<p><b>The Ideal of Progress</b><p>Until the Scientific Revolution most human cultures did not believe in progress. They thought the golden age was in the past, and that the world was stagnant, if not …

Immune System

Does Language Make Humans Unique?

There is between the whole animal kingdom on the one side, and man, even in his lowest state, on the other, a barrier which no animal has ever …

Language

Mysterious Geoglyphs of Amazonia May Show Ancient Humanity Had an Major Impact on Rainforest

Evidence of ancient Amazonian civilization deep under the canopy of the rainforest is hoping to be revealed under a new initiative by international …

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …

Bertrand Russell

Safecracking the Brain - Issue 6: Secret Codes

It’s hard to imagine an encryption machine more sophisticated than the human brain. This three-pound blob of tissue holds an estimated 86 billion …

Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence

Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

Ed Yong: Suicidal wasps, zombie roaches and other parasite tales

Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics