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Balancing the Material and Transcendent in Our Lives

Science enables us to study the world with precision and order, breaking it down into its component parts. At the same time, the phenomena that we examine—from the smallest fluorescent sea creatures to the largest expanding…

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Physicists Entangle Particles Across Time

“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” ~ Albert Einstein If you thought that the quantum phenomena of particles being “entangled”…

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The Chance Events That Gave Rise to Humans

Humans are the only creature on Earth to have left the planet, trading our comfortable terrestrial existence for the snug confines of a rocket, shuttle, or space station orbiting in the vast emptiness above. As far…

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Homeostasis, Feelings, and the Rise of Culture

When people talk about the evolution and development of all that makes humans “unique,” one thing that often gets overlooked is our feelings. For neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, though, there can be no conversation about our humanity…

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The Many Ways We Deceive Ourselves

One of the central goals of yoga is seeing the world clearly. But when it comes to knowing ourselves, we often lack self-awareness about our real nature. In the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, this misperception is…

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All Life Needed to Get Started Was Good Old Physics

Two new papers published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology biophysicist Jeremy England provide support for his 2013 theory that life arose simply as the result of thermodynamics. He proposed that given the right conditions, atoms can…

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Panpsychism: Building Up to Human Consciousness

Physics has tackled many far-reaching questions about the universe, but one question continues to stir up passionate arguments on all sides: What gives rise to consciousness? David Chalmers, a philosophy of mind professor at New York…

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Butoh, the Japanese “Dance of Darkness” and Compassion

Butoh, the Japanese “Dance of Darkness,” is an avant-garde dance form that developed in Japan in the 1950s. While Butoh is known for gestures that are playful, absurd, or grotesque, this practice shares similarities with Buddhism,…

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