Modern Thinkers "Hollow"

How do contemporary intellectuals corrupt their calling? "The intellectual life reduces itself to functional nihilism, warding off despair only by means of attacking the latest ideology."

Most contemporary artists have succumbed to the same critical and ideological hollowness as did philosophers and other intellectuals before them. Poets like Eliot and Yeats become all the more important for being the more rare. Unsatisfactory though it may be for such poets of the imagination to become the residual tokens of the quest for truth, the cases of Schumacher and Eliot encourage us to recall that Plato himself, in the Republic, says that poetry — that is, storytelling — is the seed that germinates into the life of reason and virtue. Today’s lyrical tatters may be tomorrow’s hope.

A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"

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  • A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
  • It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
  • Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
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Are we all multiple personalities of universal consciousness?

Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.

We’re all one mind in "idealism." (Credit: Alex Grey)
Mind & Brain

There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.

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New study reveals what time we burn the most calories

Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.

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  • Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
  • While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
  • Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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