Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Can Dope give us Hope?

Can Dope give us Hope?
The ban on hallucinogens is holding back vital research into their medical benefits, says Jake Wallis Simons. Last week, the news took on a decidedly trippy tinge. First, Professor David Nutt, sacked as an adviser to the Labour government for criticising its policy on drugs, sparked controversy...
December 14th, 2010 | Drug Policy | Read More

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

‘I’m planning to retire to Mars’

‘I’m planning to retire to Mars’
Elon Musk, The SpaceX founder, is convinced that humanity’s survival rests on its ability to move to the red planet. He here speaks of how his company is making the leap to the stars an affordable dream The fresh-faced 39-year-old man, in a dark T-shirt and jeans, is talking about travelling to...
August 6th, 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

Monkey Economicus?

Monkey Economicus?
Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in “monkeynomics” shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too. Laurie Santos studies primate psychology and monkeynomics —...
August 4th, 2010 | Social Insight | 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

Genetically Modified Animals

Genetically Modified Animals
UNLESS you live in Europe, your last meal probably contained genetically modified ingredients – 80 per cent of soya grown worldwide is now genetically engineered, for instance. Yet while modified plants are rapidly taking over the planet’s farms, the same cannot be said for GM animals. There’s...
July 28th, 2010 | Science & Technology | 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