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Are Emotions Hard-Wired or Constructed?

There’s a scene in the movie Star Trek III where Spock, a logical and rational Vulcan, is relearning how to be himself after having his mind transferred back into his body. His training involves answering rapid-fire…

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Consciousness is Cosmic

Consciousness, our capacity for conscious awareness, is cosmic not personal and it’s everywhere, inside and around all of us. An all-experiencing consciousness field-organism, a consciously aware space, exists everywhere throughout the Universe and inside all of…

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All Science Is Intuitive: Chris Fields

Chris Fields brings the worlds of science and art together through the surprising thing they share and depend on: intuition. Quoting recent research into the effects on the brain of the creative process in both worlds,…

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Experiential Methodology in Consciousness Research

Introduction 20th century science considers the scientific picture of the world to be “objective” -something that is real. Recent epistemological research shows that the scientific picture of the world is only “rational”; therefore, one cannot claim…

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Reality is a User Interface: Donald Hoffman

In a brilliant presentation, with game changing ideas flowing faster than we can take them in, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman describes the challenges both for science and for spirituality in the move towards a scientific theory…

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Buddha’s Brain: The New Neuroscience and the Path of Awakening

By Rick Hanson and Rick Mendius In a way, the methodologies of Buddhist thought and science are essentially similar. ~ The Dalai Lama We all want to be truly happy. The question is, how? In Buddhist…

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Sentient Robots, Conscious Spoons and Other Cheerful Follies

by Bernardo Kastrup Contemporary science fiction seems obsessed with ideas such as downloading consciousness into silicon chips, sentient robots, conscious software and whatnot. Films like Her and Ex_Machina and recent episodes of series such as Black…

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Of Phantom Limbs and Mental Maps

by V. S. Ramachandran How Ramachandran Fooled the Brain into Easing Pain Ninety percent of amputees suffer from phantom limb pain, a feeling of discomfort where their missing limb would have been. How do you treat…

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