Posts Tagged ‘Consciousness’

The Symphpony of Science

The Symphpony of Science
The Symphony of Science is a musical project headed by John Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. What do you think? THE CASE FOR MARS THE POETRY OF REALITY WE ARE ALL CONNECTED
August 25th, 2010 | Science & Technology | Read More

An answer to the ‘Nature vs Nurture’ Debate?

An answer to the ‘Nature vs Nurture’ Debate?
Savage-Rumbaugh’s work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology — and how much by cultural exposure.
August 6th, 2010 | Evolution | Read More

Drugs That Shape Men’s Minds

Drugs That Shape Men’s Minds
Aldous Huxley’s acclaimed essay about man’s inclination towards intoxication and the potential for good and evil that drugs represent In the course of history many more people have died for their drink and their dope than have died for their religion or their country. The craving for ethyl...
August 4th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

Wiping Minds

Wiping Minds
It is quite common, in these neurocentric days, to find statements from those who eagerly anticipate the final abolition of minds, with no thought to the consequences. One recent example was from archaeologist Peter Watson in the New Scientist, (quoted in Beauregard & O’Leary, 2007); “The...
August 3rd, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More

A Brainwaving Computer

A Brainwaving Computer
Tan Le’s astonishing new computer interface reads its user’s brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications. Tan Le is the head...
July 28th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More

Cooking, Fire and Human Evolution

Cooking, Fire and Human Evolution
Did Learning to Cook Push Our Ancestors Toward Modernity? // Intriguing evidence shows that cooking may have been the spark that set human evolution blazing toward higher intelligence and civilization. It has long been a fascinating puzzle to scientists: Why did our apelike ancestors come...
July 26th, 2010 | Evolution | Read More

Psychedelic Technologies

Psychedelic Technologies
Imagine… you are strolling along the Esplanade at Burning Man, and something catches your eye. Bands of lights are rapidly moving up and down a 30 foot high pyramid, from Red at the bottom, through Orange, Green, Turquoise, Indigo, Violet, and finally White light at the top. Nothing too unusual,...
July 26th, 2010 | Science & Technology | Read More

The Anti-Psychic’s Challenge

The Anti-Psychic’s Challenge
Legendary skeptic James Randi takes a fatal dose of homeopathic sleeping pills onstage, kicking off a searing 18-minute indictment of irrational beliefs. He throws out a challenge to the world’s psychics: Prove what you do is real, and I’ll give you a million dollars. (No takers yet.)
July 20th, 2010 | Extended Mind | Read More

A Ladies’ Man and Shameless

A Ladies’ Man and Shameless
Das ewig weibliche zieht uns hinan. The eternally feminine leads us forward. – Goethe He who binds himself to a joy does the winged life destroy, But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity’s sunrise. – William Blake Only connect. – E. M. Forster I‘m finally...
July 13th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Why can’t we stop Believing?

Why can’t we stop Believing?
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things — from alien abductions to dowsing rods — boils down to two of the brain’s most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble. As founder and publisher of Skeptic Magazine,...
July 6th, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More