Theoretical biologist Stuart Kauffman gives us a whirlwind tour of the cutting edge ideas and research that explores the molecular basis of the evolution of life. He describes how self-reproducing molecular systems emerge spontaneously with the help of autocatalytic sets, and declares that life cannot be predicted, and is absolutely beyond physics.
“Definitely these galaxies are a big deal, but it remains to be seen how exciting they will look in the context of a few months’ progress with JWST,” Carnall says. The best is yet to come.
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
Cheese is not just a tasty snack — it’s an ecosystem. And the fungi and bacteria within that ecosystem play a big part in shaping the flavor and texture of the final product.
Dr. Long has investigated thousands of near-death experiences (NDEs) with the results of his research published in the New York Times bestselling book Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
A talk from SAND 15 exploring the brain, perception, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, panpsychism, and more.
Which determines traits like sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior: genes or environment?
While constellations and the stories attached to them have obvious artistic and spiritual significance, they also represent an elegant and effective solution to the problem of understanding complex physical environments.
Every creature lives within its own sensory bubble, but only humans have the capacity to appreciate the experiences of other species. What we’ve learned is astounding.
Taking a long view of life on Earth, Robin Wall Kimmerer explores how mosses—ancient beings who transformed the world—teach us strategies for persisting amid a changing climate.
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
The complex behaviors may have a shared evolutionary origin
the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
Theorem showing that quantum mechanics really permits instantaneous connections between far-apart locations
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