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Are you sleepwalking now? What we now know about mind-wandering 

  "One of the most exciting recent research fields in neuroscience and experimental psychology is mind-wandering – the study of spontaneous or task-unrelated thoughts. Its results have radical implications...

Balcony Conversations – Bitcoin Guy 

Some Bitcoin, Alt-Coin Humor

Psilocybin plus meditation alters psychological traits for the better, study finds 

"Mystical experiences, aided by the use of psychoactive substances, have played an important role in many cultures. Now scientists want to explore the effects...

Salvia Leads Chemists on a Psychedelic Existential Journey 

"ON AUGUST 2, synthetic organic chemist Ryan Shenvi stood before 300 people at the Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds conference and told them something he...

Should the FDA Ban People From Genetically Engineering Themselves?

"In the past few months, the possibility of do-it-yourself genetic engineering has exited the realm of the purely hypothetical. At a conference last fall,...

10 Science Books That Will Make You See the World Differently

"Science is often counterintuitive. When we become habituated to our environment our frame of reference reflects the minds of those around us and the...

The best border wall is a legal marijuana market

"In a paper published late last year in The Economic Journal, economists Evelina Gavrilova and Floris Zoutman and sociologist Takuma Kamada found that the creation...

We should look closely at what Adam Smith actually believed.

It is an irony of history that Smith’s most famous idea is now usually invoked as a defence of unregulated markets in the face...

In defense of skepticism about deep learning – Gary Marcus 

In a recent appraisal of deep learning (Marcus, 2018) I outlined ten challenges for deep learning, and suggested that deep learning by itself, although...

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous...

"Of the 544 separate titles selected, each is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any...

Coinbase Insider Trading?

"I have long suspected insider trading regarding Litecoin and Coinbase/GDAX, the problem is I did not want to mention this publicly because of Charlie...

Great Ted Talk On Emotions and how we may have more...

Lisa Barrett has studied emotions for 25 years, below she shares her exhaustive research and what she's learned.   If you would like to learn more...

Exercise won’t help you lose much weight -Signed, Research

You know the drill: Join the gym on January 1 if you want to reach your New Year’s weight loss goal.   But in truth, the...

What exactly is this blockchain thing, anyway?

"One cause of confusion is the phrase the blockchain, which makes it sound like blockchain is one specific thing. In reality, the word blockchain is commonly used...

Supplements that seem to actually be worth the money.

I've found that nothing beats good high-quality food but I've been interested in supplements and nutrition my entire life.  Below are a few of...

Book Recommendation: The Evolution of Everything

Just finished listening to The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge by Matt Ridley.  This book had been on my Audible wishlist for quite...

Calling Bullshit — Course Lectures

A sign of the Times? "We will record and post all ten lectures from our Spring 2017 course. Each will be presented here as it...

Aristotle’s Timeless Advice on What Real Friendship Is and Why It...

"The final form of friendship that Aristotle outlined is also the most preferable out of the three. Rather than utility or pleasure, this kind of...

How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System 

The modern financial system has become dangerously complex. Increasing transparency would reduce risk, but that requires modeling the monetary circuit at a level...

One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children 

"When you read stories to your children, you may be providing them with wonderful opportunities for moral growth. As they listen to stories, children...

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on...

"Likely nothing can stop the coming wave of AI-generated content—if we even wanted to. At its worst, scammers and political operatives will deploy machine learning...

Peter Thiel bets on magic mushrooms to treat depression 

A for-profit company that Peter Thiel invests in has plans to start clinical trials of magic mushrooms for depression within the first three...

What Is The Future of Distributed Consensus? A Conversation With The...

"In this hour-long conversation, we address some of the latest concerns from the blockchain community, as well as some exciting new use cases for Hashgraph. Leemon also shares...

This Present Moment: Experience and Physics (Podcast)

What is now? What is the present moment? These questions continue to stagger us, for nothing i s so simultaneously familiar and alien than the passage...

Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future | Grist

In just a few months from now, at bitcoin’s current growth rate, the electricity demanded by the cryptocurrency network will start to outstrip what’s...

Physicist explores the possibility of vestiges of a universe previous to...

"Neves challenges the idea that time had a beginning and reintroduces the possibility that the current expansion was preceded by contraction. "I believe the Big Bang...

From Here To Eternity 

  William Richards On The Transformative Potential Of Psychedelics Source: From Here To Eternity - The Sun Magazine

The case for reducing extinction risks 

An interesting read. In this new age, what should be our biggest priority as a civilisation? Improving technology? Helping the poor? Changing the political system? Here’s...

Coders of the world, unite: can Silicon Valley workers curb the...

Big Tech is broken. Suddenly, a wide range of journalists and politicians agree on this. For decades, most of the media and political establishment...