The God Capsule: Can Psychedelics Prove a Biological Basis for Spirituality?

For a long time in western culture, transcendent consciousness was tightly linked with characters on the spiritual fringe: visionary prophets, ascetic sages, and ecstatic poets. Mystical states were like lightning bolts…

Read moreThe God Capsule: Can Psychedelics Prove a Biological Basis for Spirituality?

Brain Imaging Reveals Neural Roots of Caring

TEHRAN (FNA)- When others suffer, we humans empathize. Our feelings of empathy take different forms, such as distress when we imagine and internalize someone’s pain and compassion as we sympathize with their condition. These different feelings involve distinct patterns of brain activity, according to a study. Feelings of empathy may seem subtle and personal, but this…

Read moreBrain Imaging Reveals Neural Roots of Caring

Learning A New Language Bolsters The Aging Brain

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register It’s a fact of life: As we get older, the brain can lose some of its oomph. Even the healthiest brain is vulnerable to cognitive aging. There are many ways to help slow it down, but a new study from the University of Montreal suggests that learning a new language early on…

Read moreLearning A New Language Bolsters The Aging Brain

Brain does not process information and is not a computer | Aeon Essays

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies of words, pictures, grammatical rules or any other kinds of environmental stimuli. The human brain isn’t really empty, of course. But it does not contain most of the things … Read moreBrain does not process information and is not a computer | Aeon Essays