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.
Even with its explanatory power, Big Bang theory takes its place in a long line of myths.
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 challenge of choosing deep-focus work and connection over superficial distraction and stimulation
So how does our brain create this illusion of stability?
Exploring how the mind extends beyond the physical self.
"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. "
The complex behaviors may have a shared evolutionary origin
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
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.
New research with MDMA could lead to deeper therapeutic uses of the drug
For many people, psychedelic drugs are intimately connected to the 1960s American counterculture, with…
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.
Which determines traits like sexual orientation, intelligence and behavior: genes or environment?
Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology
In our common experience, you can't get something for nothing. In the quantum realm, something really can emerge from nothing.
An exploration of a groundbreaking assertion of a new paper published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
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.
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.
“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.
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