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In the Quantum World, the Chicken and the Egg Can Both Come First

Philosophers, biologists, and barroom thinkers have all pondered one of the greatest mysteries of our time: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Each group has had strong arguments to back up their case, but…

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Do Quantum Phenomena Require Conscious Observers?

Quantum mechanics is known for its strangeness, from cats being dead and alive at the same time, to particles affecting other ones across vast distances. But as odd as those phenomena seem, there’s one implication of…

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Subjectivity of Perception: Using Illusions to Alter Pain

“There is no truth. There is only perception.” ~ Gustave Flaubert Many people with chronic pain have been told that the pain is “all in their head.” In some ways, this is true. Pain is not…

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Can You Boost Your Intelligence By Thinking Like an Algorithm?

Intelligence is big business. Browse any bookstore or smartphone app store and you’ll find hundreds of books and apps aimed at improving your mind and brain, all with the goal of boosting your intelligence (or intelligences,…

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New Theory Says We Are All Multiple Personalities of a Cosmic Consciousness

From the comfortable seat of our bodies (and built-in brains), it’s easy to think that consciousness is a unique property of humans. But some philosophers argue that the entire universe is conscious, or to put it…

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Modern Physics’ 21st Century Dry Spell

Modern physics has achieved many breakthroughs since the early 20th century — the theory of general relativity, quantum mechanics, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. But some physicists are concerned that since the turn of…

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Michael Pollan on the New Science of Psychedelics

For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with images of hippies expanding their consciousness and author Ken Kesey’s mind-blowing Acid Test parties. But what many people don’t know is that…

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The Hydra: What the Brainless Can Teach Us About the Brain

Scientists have long described brains as being made up of neurons that work together to control the behavior of organisms. But recent research suggests that the functional unit of the brain is not a single neuron,…

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