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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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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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If You Want to Evolve, Be Mindful

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD Human beings are unique in the scenario of life on Earth–that much is obvious. We are guided by awareness, and to implement our wishes, dreams, and inventions,…

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This is Your Brain on Communication

Neuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the basis of human communication, and experiments from his lab reveal that even across different languages, our brains show similar activity, or become “aligned,” when we hear the same idea or story….

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The Anomaly of Consciousness

Western science has had remarkable success in explaining the functioning of the material world, but when it comes to the inner world of the mind, it has very little to say. And when it comes to…

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Does the Brain Filter out a Wider Awareness? ~ Marjorie Woollacott

The human brain has amazing capacities. It contains billions of neurons, allowing it to process vast quantities of information so that we can function effectively. But can we have too much information? Yes, and, in fact,…

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A Semantic Map of the Brain

Scientists at UC Berkeley have placed volunteers in an fMRI scanner and monitored blood flow in their brain activity for two hours, while having them listen to stories.  The result: they were able to map which…

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The Self-Organizing Universe ~ Neil Theise

Neil Theise describes how stem cell research has helped to reveal a self-organizing universe.  

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