With Stuart Alan Kauffman, Katherine T. Peil, and Neil Theise; facilitated by Chris Fields.
Microbes vigorously defend themselves against attack, distinguish friendly from unfriendly members of their communities, and approach suitable partners to initiate sex. What if anything do they experience when doing so? Do they, in particular, experience selfhood? Do fish that protect their nests experience ownership? Do crows that manufacture tools from unfamiliar objects experience planning and agency? Do dogs, elephants and horses experi- ence themselves as related in some particular way to each of the other members of their social groups? Do chimps recognize their memories as their own? What in general can we say about the evolution of the experience of selfhood? Did the multifaceted human sense of self evolve as a unit, or did its various components develop separately?
In the quest for innovative and functional designs, many scientists are now turning to nature for inspiration.
The study of epigenetics has changed how we look at the effect that our genetic inheritance has on our physical and mental health, as well as on that of our children and grandchildren.
Gabor Maté interviews James Doty on his book: "Into the Magic Shop" a conversation on trauma, healing, magic, and compassion.
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 areas respond to different words.
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Why adept meditators would be invaluable to studies
These days people have lost their connection with many powerful elements of energy and nature, sound being one of them—as a means of healing and brain entertainment.
During recent decades, the apparently solid view of the mechanistic and materialistic world has started to show alarming cracks.
Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, scientists were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects.
Two realities can exist at the same time, at least in the quantum world, suggests a new study.
Across all species, individuals thrive in complex ecological systems, which they rarely have complete knowledge of.
Some of physics' remaining secrets may actually relent through the human senses.
Our own deeply held beliefs and definitions of technology are impeding us from evolving consciously…
When it comes to the world around us, what we perceive is not always what is actually there.
New research now suggests that trees may have a “heartbeat” that pumps water from their roots.
For almost 100 years, children have been taught in school that the anatomical sex of a baby is determined by the X and Y chromosomes, also known as the sex chromosomes — XY is male and XX is female.
For well over a century, scientists have been wrestling with what quantum mechanics has been revealing to us about fundamental reality
An Opening for Religious Perspectives With enormous certainty science has presented its material-only…
The most radical understanding of reality points first to radical wholeness, to the prior unity of all opposites and conditional experiences.
We live in a reality generated by our brain. From the euphoria of falling in love to the beauty of a newly blossomed flower, what we experience with our senses is a representation of the world, not the world itself.
Sometimes in life, all the experience and knowledge simmering around in that ol’ consciousness of ours...
New human multisensory integration model for its exploration.
Could crossmodal senses be one key to unlock the true nature of physics?
In order to understand the true nature of reality, science must first recognize the importance of consciousness, says Dr. Robert Lanza, a stem-cell biologist whose work has earned him high acclaim.
In recent years scientists have been exploring the effects that stress and emotions have on our cells — in particular, on our chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA.
Might we humans be the only species on this planet to be truly conscious?
Q: How do quantum phenomena take part in photosynthesis and why is it important?
On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth;…
Just as artists are driven to create, scientists need to prove that something is as it seems. Their mantra is, don’t tell me, show me through repeated tests that arrive at the same results every time.
A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us.
Even before the birth of modern neuroscience, Sigmund Freud theorized that what we call objective reality is actually shaped in part by our subconscious. And he was able to do this simply by observing the behavior of people from the outside.
With new discoveries in epigenetics now making headlines, many of us are asking an important question: What are my children really inheriting? Can my baggage, the unfinished business I don’t deal with, pass on to my kids?
The striving for spiritual attainment while excluding the personal dimension of life, is often a big error on the path of spiritual inquiry.
If you were to stand outside the universe—outside both space and time—and look at your life, you would see your birth, your death and every moment in between laid out as distinct points.
The heart is essential to our life, pumping oxygenated blood throughout our body. But it’s also the…
For anyone who has watched a friend fall in love, Nietzsche’s words from Thus Spoke Zarathustra might…
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