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Listening to the Heart

In troubled times, people often give the advice “listen to your heart, not your head.” This is easier said than done. If you place your hand on your chest, or a finger on your wrist, you…

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The Mind of Plants: Thinking the Unthinkable

by Monica Gagliano Across all species, individuals thrive in complex ecological systems, which they rarely have complete knowledge of. To cope with this uncertainty and still make good choices while avoiding costly errors, organisms have developed…

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Mind Body Quantum Mechanics, Stuart Alan Kauffman

Neurobiologists believe the mind brain system is and must be classical physics. For many, at some complexity, consciousness arises. This could be correct but faces what I will call the Stalemate: Such a mind can at…

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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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