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Does Our Cerebrospinal Fluid Give Us Being? Mauro Zappaterra

Harvard-trained physician Mauro Zappaterra describes the embryonic origins and the extent and function of our cerebrospinal fluid, and shows the remarkable parallels between its anatomy and the descriptions realized by yogis down the ages. He introduces…

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Info-virus

In theory and practice most scientists have failed to distinguish between ‘information’ and ‘meaning.’ This has been a common confusion that can inhibit the advancement of scientific knowledge as well as our understanding of what it…

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We are not our brain: How to break the spell of the neurosciences

What are we? Are we a soul? An immaterial mind? A flow of energy? A body? A series of neural patterns? Is there an answer to such questions that is compatible both with the hard sciences…

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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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Science and Consciousness Just Wed — Should this Union Be Annulled?

The union of Science and Consciousness was recently celebrated in Tucson. After 11 biennial sessions as ‘Toward a Science of Con­sciousness’, the premier conference fostering their relationship has dropped the tentative ‘toward’. Congratulations to ‘The Science…

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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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