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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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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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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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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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Knowing the Unseen Cosmic Organism

In recent years, many attempts have been made to explain how the large cluster of neurons and synapses in the human brain produce or generate consciousness. Some theorists propose that the synaptic mesh, or indeed the…

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The Mind of Plants: Thinking the Unthinkable

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 the ability to…

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Emotional Sentience: Katherine Peil

Katherine Peil reveals some of the fascinating discoveries of her lengthy inquiry into the nature of emotion. She talks of its function and evolution, and refers to its physiochemical and informational expressions. She reminds us that…

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Consciousness

The primacy of consciousness I would like to share with you some philosophical reflections on consciousness, initially from an epistemological point of view, and subsequently from the perspective of a critical assessment of the different ontological…

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