Imagine a map of every single star in an entire galaxy. A map so detailed that it lays out what each star looks like, what they’re made of, and how each star is connected to another through the grand physical laws of the cosmos. While we don’t yet have such an astronomical map of the
Astrophysicists have piled up observations that are difficult to explain with dark matter. It is time to consider that there may be more to gravity than Einstein taught us -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Source: Is Dark Matter Real?
How does experience, which is so intimately tied to our perception of time and space, arise from timeless, non-spatial ingredients? Panpsychism holds that even the smallest layers of reality have experience. Fundamental particles have minute levels of consciousness, and in a watered-down sense, they are subjects of experience. When particles are in extremely sophisticated configurations,
A new paper argues that the condition now known as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” might help us understand the fundamental nature of reality -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Source: Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?
Damasio thinks that the cognitive revolution of the last 40 years, which has yielded cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience and artificial intelligence, has been, in fact, too cognitive, too rationalist, and not concerned enough with the role that affect plays in the natural history of mind and culture. Standard stories of the evolution of human culture are framed
Many species adorn themselves or build alluring structures, and resort to utter subterfuge in the effort to propagate their genes. Cheating seems to be as much part of Darwinian selection as does honesty. There is a measure of evolutionary fitness in the ability to mislead. blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/the-erosion-of-reality/
What would Noam Chomsky, Deepak Chopra, a very friendly robot, plus a bevy of scientists, mystics, and wannabe scholars do at a fancy resort in Arizona? Perhaps real harm to the field of consciousness studies, for one thing. Source: Has Consciousness Lost Its Mind?
A mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that does not result in a loss of consciousness is still associated with a long-term risk for dementia in veterans, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. www.neurologyadvisor.com/traumatic-brain-injury/dementia-risk-increased-in-traumatic-brain-injury-without-loss-of-consciousness/article/768681/