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Consciousness

The state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself

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Going Mental

One Possible Key To Lucid Dreams: 40 Hertz

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3 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Researchers applied electrodes to the scalps of 72 test subjects and, once they fell asleep and entered a dream state -- as indicated by brain activity -- zapped them with 30-second bolts of electric current with frequencies ranging from two to 100 hertz (Hz). They ...

Going Mental

This Watch Provides A Countdown To Your Death

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? A wristwatch currently being pitched via Kickstarter interprets "carpe diem" literally: The Tikker comes with a health and lifestyle questionnaire that, when completed, calculates the approximate moment of the wearer's death. Once they subtract their current age ...

Going Mental

Why People Die Trying to Outrun Tornadoes

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11 months ago

With severe and potentially deadly weather continuing tonight in the central United States, an important reminder of what not to do from a post on last fall's tornadoes in Oklahoma: The people of Oklahoma City suffered their second violent bout of tornados in as many weeks on Friday evening ...

Going Mental

The Interpretation of Early Childhood Dreams

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about 1 year ago

Children’s dreams are a really interesting window into their developing minds.  There’s a group of researchers who have done dream research in children which is about as low-tech as it sounds.  You put the kids to sleep, and then you come in at various times in the night and you wake them up ...

Going Mental

You Have Free Will, But You Might Not Be Aware

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about 1 year ago

We have reason to believe that some aspects of free will you are not consciously aware of.  I don’t think that necessarily means that you’re not free, but you’re not consciously aware of it. And the background from that comes from a famous experiment that Benjamin Libet did, and I forget when it ...

Going Mental

Now is a Great Time to be Studying Human Nature

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over 1 year ago

I think that this is a very exciting time to be studying human nature.  Often people say it’s exciting because of the tremendous breakthroughs we’re making in understanding the brain and the new technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. But I disagree with that, that it’s the new ...