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A New Scientific Experiment Involving Prediction and Multiple Universes (Updated 20 March 2010) Principal Investigator: Courtney Brown Remote Viewing the Future: A Way That Works — Design A The experimental design that consistently works well to predict the future involves having the target chosen in the future. That is, a remote viewer is told to conduct a remote-viewing session that describes a target. The Farsight Institute | Multiple Universes Project The Farsight Institute | Multiple Universes Project
Remote Viewing Institute Issues Grave Call to Mainstream Science Remote Viewing Institute Issues Grave Call to Mainstream Science The Farsight Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the scientific application of remote viewing, recently released a challenge to mainstream science: organize a tightly controlled, publicly viewable scientific display of the phenomenon of remote viewing in return for mainstream recognition of the validity of the phenomenon itself. And do it in the narrowing window of a vanishing 2012 timescape. Dr. Courtney Brown, an Atlanta-based professor who directs the Institute, has spearheaded the development of a novel Prometheus Protocol for conducting scientific Remote Viewing experiments.
The Ethics of Unconsciousness In February 1990, 26-year-old Terri Schiavo had a massive heart attack that left her with severe brain damage. She fell into a coma for two-and-a-half months, after which she was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. She could not communicate, and her family members disagreed strongly about whether to remove her feeding tube and let her die or maintain nourishment in the hopes she might someday wake. What if instead of asking others, doctors could have found a way to communicate with Schiavo, as well as the hundreds of thousands of other less-than-conscious patients currently in care? Would it be ethical to ask someone with brain damage whether to pull their own tube? How would they know when to ask? The Ethics of Unconsciousness
The Brain Feels No Pain "Relax, this won't hurt a bit..." There are no pain receptors in the brain. That's why surgeons can perform brain surgery on a patient why they are still awake. This helps them ensure that the delicate procedure doesn't screw up any vision or motor control functions – and also it looks really freaky. Why do we feel pain? 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Brain - (brain, genius...) 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Brain - (brain, genius...)
“Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry,” the Hulk’s alter ego Bruce Banner famously said. Now researchers have made a discovery that might one day have implications for anyone considering Bruce as a potential house guest. The researchers have identified a brain receptor that malfunctions in overly hostile mice - a receptor that also exists in humans - and found a way to shut it down, offering the potential for the development of treatments for severe aggression. The breakthrough by Marco Bortolato and Jean Shih from the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Pharmacy, working with colleagues in Italy, builds on previous work by Bortolato and Shih, in which they identified a specific gene disposition resulting in low levels of the enzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAO A). Chilled-out mice hold key to new treatments for psychological disorders Chilled-out mice hold key to new treatments for psychological disorders
CogSpace - 3D Mind Map of Cognitive Science and Consciousness Studies Your mental health is just as important as your physical wellbeing—perhaps even more so. If you are not taking care of your mental wellbeing, you may begin to succumb to physical ailments, social withdrawal, and even negative thoughts and behaviors. Mental health does not necessarily mean mental illness. Keeping yourself free from depression and anxiety is a preemptive way to keep you healthy and happy through the years. Social stigma has ruled people’s opinion of mental health since ancient times. Many people were outcast or ignored if they were thought to have a mental illness. CogSpace - 3D Mind Map of Cognitive Science and Consciousness Studies
What is "mental health"? Can explorations of the brain help us to reach new and better ways of thinking about mental health? Exploring Mental Health A collection of materials and resources aimed to promote "productive interaction among people from diverse perspectives... and continual exploration of issues relating to mental health and broader issues relating to body/brain/mind/self..." and on-line forum. Brain and Behavior Brain and Behavior
Perfume ads, beer billboards, movie posters: everywhere you look, women’s sexualized bodies are on display. A new study published in , a journal of the Association for Psychological Science , finds that both men and women see images of sexy women’s bodies as objects, while they see sexy-looking men as people. Sexual objectification has been well studied, but most of the research is about looking at the effects of this objectification. “What’s unclear is, we don’t actually know whether people at a basic level recognize sexualized females or sexualized males as objects,” says Philippe Bernard of Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. Bernard cowrote the new paper with Sarah Gervais, Jill Allen, Sophie Campomizzi, and Olivier Klein. People See Sexy Pictures of Women as Objects, Not People People See Sexy Pictures of Women as Objects, Not People
Soldiers who desecrate the dead see themselves as hunters Soldiers who desecrate the dead see themselves as hunters Modern day soldiers who mutilate enemy corpses or take body-parts as trophies are usually thought to be suffering from the extreme stresses of battle. But, research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that this sort of misconduct has most often been carried out by fighters who viewed the enemy as racially different from themselves and used images of the hunt to describe their actions. "The roots of this behaviour lie not in individual psychological disorders," says Professor Simon Harrison who carried out the study, "but in a social history of racism and in military traditions that use hunting metaphors for war.
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Thinking the Way Animals Do Thinking the Way Animals Do By Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Department of Animal Science Colorado State University Western Horseman, Nov. 1997, pp.140-145 Temple Grandin is an assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is the author of the book Thinking in Pictures. Television appearances include 20/20, CBS This Morning, and 48 Hours.
I had no idea that neurons came in such a beautiful diversity of shapes. Each of these neurons has a different function, too: A. Purkinje cell B. Granule cell C. The beautiful shapes of neurons - Boing Boing
Lucid Dreaming Frequently Asked Questions Answered by The Lucidity Institute
Highly developed brains behind top performances High performers have an astonishing integration of brain functioning (Photo: Bjørnar Kjensli) Brains of such performers function in a way that makes them have peak experiences. These experiences are characterized by happiness, inner calm, maximum wakefulness, effortlessness and ease of functioning, absence of fear, transcendence of ordinary time and space, and a sense of perfection and even invincibility.
Do Psychedelics Expand the Mind by Reducing Brain Activity? What would you see if you could look inside a hallucinating brain? Despite decades of scientific investigation, we still lack a clear understanding of how hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), mescaline, and psilocybin (the main active ingredient in magic mushrooms) work in the brain. Modern science has demonstrated that hallucinogens activate receptors for serotonin, one of the brain’s key chemical messengers. Specifically, of the 15 different serotonin receptors, the 2A subtype (5-HT2A), seems to be the one that produces profound alterations of thought and perception. It is uncertain, however, why activation of the 5-HT2A receptor by hallucinogens produces psychedelic effects, but many scientists believe that the effects are linked to increases in brain activity.
Michael Anissimov April 13, 2012 Universal mind uploading, or universal uploading for short, is the concept (I'm not sure who originated it --if you know, say so in the comments), that the technology of mind uploading will eventually become universally adopted by all who can afford it, similar to the adoption of modern agriculture, hygiene, and permanent dwellings. The concept is rather infrequently discussed, due to a combination of 1) its supposedly speculative nature and 2) its "far future" time frame. Yet some futurists, such as myself, see the eventuality as plausible by as early as 2050. What are the Benefits of Mind Uploading?
Hidden Epidemic: Tapeworms Living Inside People's Brains | Infectious Diseases Theodore Nash sees only a few dozen patients a year in his clinic at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. That’s pretty small as medical practices go, but what his patients lack in number they make up for in the intensity of their symptoms. Some fall into comas. Some are paralyzed down one side of their body. Others can’t walk a straight line. Homepage
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