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What Are Our Bodies? Chris Fields

Our bodies, like our minds, appear to us to be separate individuals, distinct from the bodies of other people. From an evolutionary perspective, however, this is not true. Considering our bodies from the perspective of deep…

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What is Emergence? Chris Fields

In this short video the neuroscientist Chris Fields explains the scientific concept of emergence. He addresses some challenges that it presents to the scientific community and touches on the larger questions that it raises. Chris Fields…

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Unchopping a Tree: Thoughts the morning after the US pulls out of the Paris agreement

by Tony Kendrew There are two treasures an arm’s reach from my desk. One is a small quilted panel stitched with the words of the patron saint of Wales, St. David. It reads, in Welsh and…

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Turning the Microscopic World Into Art

by Shawn Radcliffe Without a microscope, the microbial world is invisible to us, as it had been for thousands of year before Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek first observed bacteria with his handcrafted microscope. Even today,…

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Emotional Sentience: The Nature of Consciousness & Spiritual Experience

Katherine T. Peil: Founding Director of non-profit EFS International, whose mission is fostering global emotional wisdom. From a background in Pantheistic spirituality and clinical and social psychology, her lengthy interdisciplinary inquiry into the biophysical substrates of…

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The Evolutionary Origins of Self

With Stuart Alan Kauffman, Katherine T. Peil, and Neil Theise; facilitated by Chris Fields. Microbes vigorously defend themselves against attack, distinguish friendly from unfriendly members of their communities, and approach suitable partners to initiate sex. What…

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Do Plants Have Consciousness? Research Suggests Maybe

For many people, consciousness has long been thought to be unique to humans, or at the very most, to animals. New research, though, suggests that plants are capable of the kind of associative learning demonstrated in…

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The Poetry of the World

Even before the first world war, German poet Rainer Maria Rilke foresaw many of the great tragedies of the 20th century. His poems in the Book of Hours carry metaphors and images that give a strong…

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