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/
Emily Witt on three new books about psychedelic drugs and their impact from Timothy Leary, Michael Pollan, and Tao Lin. — Read on www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/the-science-of-the-psychedelic-renaissance
Google as a window into our private thoughts. This is all very entertaining, but according to economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, who worked at Google as a data scientist (he is now an op-ed writer for the New York Times), such searches may act as a “digital truth serum” for deeper and darker thoughts. As he explains in
The reach of the scientific method is constrained by the limitations of our tools and the intrinsic impenetrability of some of nature's deepest questions www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-much-can-we-know
Signals long thought to be “noise” appear to represent a distinct form of brain activity. www.scientificamerican.com/article/superslow-brain-waves-may-play-a-critical-role-in-consciousness1/