Neurophilosophy

Why governments are broken – and how to fix them

Most governments are woefully outdated. They reflect concerns of the late 19th Century, when many of them came into being: communication was expensive and data difficult to come by, so they were organised into tightly structured, hierarchal silos linked to specific functions, such as security or …

Psychology

How Warren Buffett’s billionaire deputy became an “expert-generalist”

Countless books and articles have been written about Warren Buffett. Surprisingly few have been written about his business partner of over 40 years, Charlie Munger.<p>Munger has stayed out of the public eye, giving only a small number of public talks, and he’s rarely been covered in the media. At …

Big Ideas

A Guide to Some of the Biggest Names in Genetics

Pioneers of Genetics is a handy guide to some of the biggest and most important names in the history of genetics. Their imaginations, perseverance, …

Molecular Biology

Here's Everything Science Knows So Far About The Origins of Humans

The story evolves every year.<p>The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new …

Science

Your Brain Might Be Distorting Reality

Some researchers are finding that the things you do could change what your brain sees–but not everyone is convinced.<p>We usually believe that what we see is a true representation of what’s there. The basic model of vision is that the eyes receive sensory information, the brain processes it, and then …

Psychology

When it comes to sleep gadgets, the ideas are moving faster than the research

Perhaps we should try to go to bed at the same time each night<p>This is the second year that CES has had a section dedicated to sleep tech and the gadgets that promise to make everything right with the world if you just get enough sleep. Sleep trackers, “three-in-one” kits, and a variety of headsets …

Psychology

Add purpose to your travels by making pilgrimages

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Upon turning 60 recently, I came to the realization that other than family, work and …

Psychology

Review: The Tangled Web We Weave

Donald Trump’s press secretary is every one of us. When the president needs a positive spin on his policies and antics, he has a designated representative face the media. Similarly, inside each of us is a voice that helps justify our actions and rationalize our decisions. What we hear in our head …

Opinion

A pioneer in biotechnology

Who was Har Gobind Khorana?<p>Nobel Laureate Har Gobind Khorana’s contributions to biology are of contemporary relevance for some of the most exciting …

Molecular Biology

Anesthetics found to do more than simply induce sleep

Despite the widespread use of anesthetics, we still don't know exactly how they work. The reason we don't fully understand the mechanism behind them …

Psychology

Scientists could one day make humans immortal

On Jan. 12, 1967, James Bedford, a psychology professor at Glendale College in California who had just died of cancer, took his first step toward …

Lifestyle

I Was A Meditation Skeptic …. Until I Tried To Make My Case

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ve been questioning whether some of our habits and</i> …

Science

Poise Is Everything... Surfing Uncertainty

Interview by Richard Marshall<p>Andy Clark is currently professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His research centers on artificial …

Psychology

Awake Under Anesthesia

One day in the nineteen-eighties, a woman went to the hospital for cancer surgery. The procedure was a success, and all of the cancer was removed. In the weeks afterward, though, she felt that something was wrong. She went back to her surgeon, who reassured her that the cancer was gone; she …

Books

This Theologian Has An Answer To Claims That Evil Disproves God

Many atheists today argue that the existence of suffering is powerful evidence against the all-good, all-powerful God of Christianity. Many …

Conservative View

Towards a genomics revolution

In 1865, Gregor Mendel discovered the two laws of inheritance that are now named after him. Almost 90 years later in 1953, the work of James Watson, …

Molecular Biology

The Problem with the New Season of Black Mirror

by Charles Mudede Netflix<br>The new <i>Black Mirror</i> (season four), which was released on Netflix a few days ago (December 29), and has the second movement …

Filmmaking

Why it’s so unhelpful to talk about the male or female brain – Emily Willingham

How many times did I say it – to myself, out loud alone or out loud to others, throughout my childhood? ‘I wish I were a boy.’<p>The words were mine, a …

Philosophy

The graphical brain: Belief propagation and active inference

INTRODUCTION<p>Section:<p>This paper attempts to describe functional integration in the brain in terms of neuronal computations. We start by asking what …

Deep Learning

The Thinker Who Believed in Doing

On a late September morning in 1891, William James walked reluctantly to his class in Harvard College’s Sever Hall. Characteristically dressed in a …

Long-form Journalism

The Weirdness of Weirdness

I’ve been brooding over weirdness lately. To me, the world and everything in it is weird, and weirdest of all are the clumps of matter that can …

Consciousness

These are the rarest and most valuable £2 coins you may be lucky enough to find in your pocket - Cornwall Live

We all love getting money for nothing - so how about turning those coins in your pocket into a bundle of extra cash?<p>It seems you could be 'quids in' …

William Shakespeare

Try Exercise to Improve Memory and Thinking

<i>Summary: New guidelines recommend twice weekly exercise for people with mild cognitive impairment to improve memory and cognition.</i><p>Source: Mayo Clinic.<p>…

Psychology

Science and Morality

I am a faithful book buyer and an omnivorous reader, but one with a precocious streak—I like to look up authors and email them with questions about …

American Philosophy

The Future of Tech, with Chris Dixon – [Invest Like the Best, EP.69]

My guest this week is Chris Dixon, who has written some of my favorite essays on technology and venture investing. Chris is a prolific investor and …

American Philosophy

Atheists need to understand that religion is here to stay

Why finding the middle ground between purely secular materialism and crazy religious fanaticism has never been more important<p>“It was a bit of a flop …

Atheism

Daily Inspiration — Life is older than we are

- Advertisement -<p>Life is much older than the Earth, older than the solar system, probably older than the Milky Way galaxy. We are only the latest …

Liberal View

The Evangelist of Molecular Biology

James D. Watson’s unfinished quest to master genetic destiny<p>James D. Watson is the most famous American scientist since J. Robert Oppenheimer, and he …

O.J. Simpson

The Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard may be the world's "happiest man," according to science

.<p><b>Matthieu Ricard was born into an intellectual French family; his mother was an abstract painter and his father a philosopher.</b>• <b><br>After earning a doctorate in molecular genetics at the Pasteur Institute, he moved to the Himalayas and became a Buddhist monk.</b>• <b><br>In addition to 50 years of practicing as a</b> …

Psychology

Deep Reads: How I learnt to love population genetics

by Jonathan Flint

Consciousness