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Browsing All Posts filed under »Philosophy«

Steven Pinker: The surprising decline in violence | Talk Video | TED.com

July 20, 2014

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If you’re upset by all of the horror going on in the world recently then watch this. It offers valuable perspective about how we’re living in the most peaceful time in human history despite it seeming the very opposite. Steven Pinker, psycholinguistics professor at MIT, goes into the cold hard facts and a little informed […]

‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Improve Psychological Health Long Term

October 13, 2013

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Originally posted on Health & Family:
The psychedelic drug in magic mushrooms may have lasting medical and spiritual benefits, according to new research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The mushroom-derived hallucinogen, called psilocybin, is known to trigger transformative spiritual states, but at high doses it can also result in “bad trips” marked by terror…

Magic mushrooms’ effects illuminated in brain imaging studies

August 12, 2013

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Brain scans of people under the influence of the psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, have given scientists the most detailed picture to date of how psychedelic drugs work. The findings of two studies being published in scientific journals this week identify areas of the brain where activity is suppressed by psilocybin and suggest […]

What Buddhism Says About Success | Lewis Richmond

August 12, 2013

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The first thing Buddhism would say about success is that it is fleeting, like everything in this world. Impermanence was the Buddha’s first great insight into the nature of reality. He also understood that as a consequence, loss and its consequent suffering are written into the fabric of human life. Whatever we attain or accomplish […]

What I, You, Me, and We Says About Us

June 21, 2013

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I wrote this sentence and you are now reading it. The I in the preceeding sentence is my sense of my self. I assume most sentient animals have some sense of themselves, some kind of awareness or consciousness. But the I as a central narrator of my experience embedded in a mind-independent reality depends on the ability […]