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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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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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