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Thermodynamics at the Quantum Realm

The laws of physics that govern the quantum world are often remarkably different from the classical laws that determine what is and isn’t possible in the macro world. So it should come as no surprise that…

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Lovemaking and Altered States of Consciousness

People have tried many ways to alter their consciousness — meditation, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, rituals and dance. Now a new paper adds sex to that list. The paper’s author, Adam Safron, a neuroscientist and Ph.D. student…

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The Historic Einstein-Tagore Meeting: Is Truth Independent of us?

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the…

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The Physical Side of Trauma

Trauma is more than just a cognitive experience. It resides in the body, mind, heart and brain. Which is why verbal psychotherapy may not always help people who have been traumatized—their experiences lie beyond the cognitive…

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What Happens to Consciousness Under Anesthesia?

When you are put under general anesthesia, the experience is not like the dimming of a light. It’s more like the flicking of a switch. One second you are in the operating room and then —…

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Complexity Theory and the Nature of Consciousness

When it comes to understanding the nature of consciousness in the universe, there are two main philosophical approaches. One is panpsychism, in which consciousness pervades the universe at all levels. The other is emergentism, in which…

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Your Reality Is Shaped By Your Subconscious

Even before the birth of modern neuroscience, Sigmund Freud theorized that what we call objective reality is actually shaped in part by our subconscious. And he was able to do this simply by observing the behavior…

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Loving Your Darkest Emotions

  “I love the dark hours of my being,” wrote poet Rainer Maria Rilke in his Book of Hours: Love Poems to God. A growing body of research shows that embracing your darkest emotions in this…

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