What is Diwali?

Can you imagine a festival that combines the best features of the most popular festivals in the United States? New year’s day is the day to make new resolutions and renew friendships. Independence day is the day of patriotism and fireworks. Halloween is the time for trick or treats. Thanksgiving is the festival to count…

What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

Placebo effects have already been proven to work on the immune system. But this study could show for the first time that they work in a different way — that is, through an act of will. “As far as we know today, the placebo responses in the immune system are attributable to unconscious classical conditioning,”…

Spain Confirms First Ebola Transmission Outside of Africa

Health authorities in Spain have confirmed that a health worker at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, Spain has been infected with the Ebola virus. This is the first time anyone has contracted the virus outside of Africa. The woman, a nurse technician, had worked in the room where two Ebola patients—both missionaries—were treated at…

The Phenomenon of Consciousness

From The Consciousness Chronicles. The phenomenon of consciousness is fundamental to our existence, yet it remains the most profound mystery we can imagine. Down through the ages, generations of scientists, philosophers, mystics and poets have gone in search for a deeper understanding of consciousness and the true nature of reality, whether through scientific research, reasoning…

Do Natural Laws Evolve Over Time?

This 30 min talk from the How The Light Gets In festival, 2014, is one of the best non-technical summaries of the idea that nature forms habits rather than laws, evolving overtime through morphic resonance.

Fire Walk With Me

Directors like David Lynch aren’t supposed to have hit TV shows and appear on the cover of Time; they’re supposed to tunnel ever deeper into their private obsessions, even if it means testing fan goodwill and bewildering or annoying everybody else. After ABC pressured Lynch and Peaks co-creator Mark Frost to unmask Laura Palmer’s killer…

Colorado Students Walk Out to Protest Censorship of History

On Tuesday, hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado walked out of classes this week to protest conservative censorship of the national Advanced Placement U.S. history class curriculum. According to the Denver Post, students and teachers are protesting the removal of all mentions of civil disobedience from texts and classroom materials intended for…

Epigenetics: The Sins of the Father

The roots of inheritance may extend beyond the genome, but the mechanisms remain a puzzle. As a postdoc in Kerry Ressler’s laboratory at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Brian Dias had spent much of the two years before his son’s birth studying these kinds of questions in mice. Specifically, he looked at how fear associated…

Rupert Sheldrake on Joe Rogan Experience

From Rupert’s newsletter: “In Los Angeles I had a remarkable two-and-a-half hour conversation with Joe Rogan, the host of an immensely popular podcast, with a mainly young-male demographic. Joe is a martial arts expert and commentator on UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Not my usual scene. Joe was very keen for me to be on his…

Who We Are When We Think No One’s Looking?

The funniest chart of the day from Christian Rudder of OKCupid. When you consider the supermodels, the porn, the cover girls, the Lara Croft–style fembots, the Bud Light ads, and, most devious of all, the Photoshop jobs that surely these men see every day, the fact that male opinion of female attractiveness is still where…

Toothless Hicks Agree: We Love Obamacare!

So the New York Times interviewed people in Kentucky who have taken advantage of one part or another of the Affordable Care Act, especially the expansion of Medicaid. Robin Evans, a 49 year-old with high blood pressure and Graves’ disease, is just “tickled to death” to have insurance coverage, which she had gone without for…

What are the Odds that Ebola Makes it to America?

A recent study in PLoS Currents: Outbreaks suggests that the chance of getting at least one imported case of Ebola in the United States by late September could be as high as 18%. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 4,336 confirmed cases of Ebola and 2,218 confirmed deaths in West…