Why did the universe get complex? This remarkable panel discussion between three leading biologists is a feast of discoveries and ideas about the nature of life. The focus is on how complex structures develop, in particular the challenges to the traditional view that complexity arises spontaneously from lower level systems (bottom-up). A number of examples of top-down processes are given, suggesting a series of events towards a goal state, an idea taboo in mainstream biology.
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.
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Visual illusions are those perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality.
“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.
explore psychedelics and their therapeutic uses in two entertaining and informative talks from SAND 18 and 19
For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with…
the challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
Even with its explanatory power, Big Bang theory takes its place in a long line of myths.
I am a body plus. A body plus trauma, plus illness, plus pollen, plus spores, plus caretakers and friends and loved ones and wild kin.
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.
While scientists can anticipate how climate change will affect larger regions, predicting the fate of a given 100-acre forest plot can be trickier.
How NASA's Webb Telescope Gives Humanity a Revolutionary New View of Cosmos
Susana Martinez-Conde gives her understanding of perception, brains, reality, memory, experience, music, aesthetics, and language from her experience as Laboratory Director of SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Maybe the brain isn't "classical" after all.
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
"Vision is an art, and nature an old master painter teaching us how to see the underlying reality of things to be — before they actually are. "
Listening to/with/as the whole planet is listening and sining, a conversation with world renoun bioacoustic researcher
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.
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
Stephen LaBerge discusses lucid dreaming techniques, Nisargadatta Maharaj, consciousness, and awareness.
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