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Idea/Sleep & Dreams

Sleepwalking is the result of a survival mechanism gone awry

Philip Jaekl

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Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Panpsychism is crazy, but it’s also most probably true

Philip Goff

Video/Neurodiversity

How the ‘Island of the Colourblind’ made Oliver Sacks rethink ‘normal’

6 minutes

Essay/History

Drugs du jour

LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times

Cody Delistraty

Video/Mind & Body

Odourless world: what smell means to those who don’t have it

9 minutes

Essay/Biology

The minds of other animals

Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?

Antone Martinho

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Essay/Mental Health

The lizard inside

Like a reptile lodged within me, paranoia hatches unbelievable conspiracies that my mind embraces with stunning naivety

Roberta Payne

Essay/Neuroscience

Mesmerising

Look into my eyes: the fantastical history, mysterious healing power and emergent neuroscience of hypnosis

Erik Vance

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Essay/Neuroscience

The real problem

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth

Essay/Neuroscience

The open mind

The most vivid part of the mind bubbles up through sensation and new experience when unencumbered by analytical thought

Daniel J Siegel

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Conscious exotica

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?

Murray Shanahan

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Idea/Neuroscience

Some patients in a vegetative state can still communicate

Tommaso Bruni

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Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Embedded beings: how we blended our minds with our devices

Saskia K Nagel & Peter B Reiner

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Idea/Neuroscience

How subtle eye signals help turn-taking in conversation

René Müri

Idea/Philosophy of Mind

Why panpsychism fails to solve the mystery of consciousness

Keith Frankish

Essay/Mood & Emotion

A theory of creepiness

A bear chasing you is simply scary but a guy with a big mouse’s head can give you the creeps. What’s the difference?

David Livingstone Smith

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Idea/Nature & Environment

Do only humans have souls, or do animals possess them too?

Michael Jawer

Video/Space Exploration

Fun in zero gravity: the real reason astronauts go to space

4 minutes

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Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Dreams and revelations

The world’s great religions and spiritual journeys emerged from dreams and visions. Neurochemistry tells us how

Patrick McNamara

Essay/Sleep & Dreams

Falling for sleep

When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber?

Rubin Naiman

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Essay/War & Conflict

War, on drugs

Killing people is hard and horrible. No wonder that warriors, from berserkers to jihadis, need drugs to get in the mood

Peter Frankopan

Video/Consciousness & Altered States

A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration

16 minutes

Video/Cities

What happens when the power goes off. Or, how to enjoy a blackout

4 minutes

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Video/Gender

Defying social pressure, a woman commits herself to lobster fishing and the sea

11 minutes

Video/Rituals & Celebrations

Creepy masks, boozy baths and chicken chases: the mayhem of Courir de Mardi Gras

11 minutes

Idea/Neuroscience

Trying to simulate the human brain is a waste of energy

Peter Hankins

Idea/Consciousness & Altered States

Psychedelics can’t be tested using conventional clinical trials

Nicolas Langlitz

Essay/Neuroscience

I feel therefore I am

How exactly did consciousness become a problem? And why, after years off the table, is it a hot research subject now?

Margaret Wertheim

Video/Neuroscience

How perception leaves the door open for augmented reality to transform our world

4 minutes

Essay/Consciousness & Altered States

Smoke gets in your eyes

Scientific research says it’s safer to drive high than straight, right? Wrong. Here are the phantom studies to (un)prove it

Lee Vinsel