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Perhaps our Fears are not Ours?

Certain fears arising in response to the environment may be passed from generation to generation without changes in the genetic sequence. This could have implications for families suffering from cycles of drug addiction, neuropsychiatric illness and…

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Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence

Often in our world of mass-produced goods and machine-like cities, we strive for perfection, or in the case of modern process improvement techniques, near-perfection achieved by minimizing errors to within a prespecified amount. Coupled with this…

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Can Gut Bacteria Control Your Mood?

You are never truly alone. Everywhere you go, you carry trillions of microbes inside your gut. These countless creatures, invisible to the naked eye, form what scientists call the microbiome — a thriving ecosystem intimately connected…

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The Neurobiology of Love

For anyone who has watched a friend fall in love, Nietzsche’s words from Thus Spoke Zarathustra might ring true: “There is always some madness in love. But there is always, also, some method in madness.” This…

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Living Spontaneously With Wu-Wei

“Reintegration with Nature, which we are, is the recovery of spontaneity.” If you have ever watched an artist at work or an athlete on the field, you may have noticed how effortless their actions seem. As…

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Complexity Theory and the Nature of Consciousness

When it comes to understanding the nature of consciousness in the universe, there are two main philosophical approaches. One is panpsychism, in which consciousness pervades the universe at all levels. The other is emergentism, in which…

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Why Isn’t Quantum Mechanics Even Weirder?

There’s no doubt that quantum mechanics is weird. Over the years, this field’s attempts to describe the universe have given rise to many paradoxes: Schrödinger’s Cat, which can be alive and dead at the same time;…

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Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

You are the infinite potentiality, the inexhaustible possibility. Because you are, all can be. The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become… Beyond the witness there is the infinite intensity of emptiness…

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