What Is Evil, and How Do We Defeat It?
Science says Syndrome-E can tell us who is and isn't evil, but how we really know and what we can do about it isn't so simple.
We're hearing a whole lot about evil these days.
You may have heard about something called Syndrome E — it’s not a plot point of a 1960s science fiction movie, although it sounds like one. It’s when the more advanced part of the brain, the part in charge of decision-making and risk-taking (the prefrontal cortex) goes so far into overdrive that it overrides the signals from the more primitive parts of the brain, like the fear center (the amygdala).
The “E” in this case stands for evil. But what is evil? Who is evil? And what can we do about it?
One mode of investigating evil, presented by Dr. Michael Stone.
Research in plant neurobiology shows that plants have senses, intelligence and emotions.
- The field of plant neurobiology studies the complex behavior of plants.
- Plants were found to have 15-20 senses, including many like humans.
- Some argue that plants may have awareness and intelligence, while detractors persist.
E-cigarettes may be safer than traditional cigarettes, but they come with their own risks.
- A new study used an MRI machine to examine how vaping e-cigarettes affects users' cardiovascular systems immediately after inhalation.
- The results showed that vaping causes impaired circulation, stiffer arteries and less oxygen in their blood.
- The new study adds to a growing body of research showing that e-cigarettes – while likely safer than traditional cigarettes – are far from harmless.
Since the idea of locality is dead, space itself may not be an aloof vacuum: Something welds things together, even at great distances.
- Realists believe that there is an exactly understandable way the world is — one that describes processes independent of our intervention. Anti-realists, however, believe realism is too ambitious — too hard. They believe we pragmatically describe our interactions with nature — not truths that are independent of us.
- In nature, properties of Particle B may be depend on what we choose to measure or manipulate with Particle A, even at great distances.
- In quantum mechanics, there is no explanation for this. "It just comes out that way," says Smolin. Realists struggle with this because it would imply certain things can travel faster than light, which still seems improbable.