Our bodies, like our minds, appear to us to be separate individuals, distinct from the bodies of other people. From an evolutionary perspective, however, this is not true. Considering our bodies from the perspective of deep evolutionary time, it is clear that they are not distinct from, but are rather continuous with, the bodies of other people and indeed of all other organisms. Our cell membranes and the cytoplasm they enclose are continuous with the membranes and cytoplasm of the very first cells. We and all of the organisms we see around us are appendages, organs, and sensory surfaces of a single, planetary-scale, almost 4 billion year-old organism that is exploring and altering the physical environment of Earth. What we call “evolution” is the developmental process of this organism from one to trillions of cells. We have only the most minimal understanding of this developmental process. However, rethinking our bodies from this deep-time perspective is perhaps useful for rethinking our minds and self-identities.
Can we rejig our space-time interface to open new portals into the preexisting realm of conscious agents?
The ancient Greeks dove into this question. But what do modern scientists think?
What science and my unusual brain are teaching us about the convergence of reality, love, and the senses
Sam and Annaka Harris speak with Donald Hoffman about his book The Case Against Reality.
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More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with a string of autoimmune diseases
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a fraction of the brain's function, what is all the rest doing?
the perspective of individual humans and their amazing encounters with psilocybin mushrooms
Contents of consciousness are the results of active reconstruction of the reality.
We are aware of thinking and acting, and we typically think this is what neurons and brains are for.
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