The processes behind our ability to make decisions are complex, but they're not miracles.
- Free will exists, but by no means is it a miracle.
- We use "free will" to describe the more complex processes by which behavior is selected in the brain. These neurological steps taken to make decisions respect all laws of physics.
- "Free will wouldn't be worth having or extolling, in moral discussions, if it didn't respond to expectations of reward, punishment, praise, blame," Pinker says.
Researchers found that the hearts of Sufi devotees harmonized as one during a mystical practice. And this isn't the first study to show heart synchronization between people.
- Anthropologists at the University of Connecticut discovered that the heartbeats of Sufi practitioners synchronized during an important ritual.
- Sufism is a mystical component of Islam that emphasizes coming to know God through direct experience, like trance.
- Other studies have also found that individuals who are closely connected emotionally and socially experience physiological alignment.
Despite acceptance by many insurance companies, a number of studies don't confirm its effectiveness.
- With over 70,000 certified chiropractors in America, the modality has gained wide acceptance.
- Yet many studies do not show chiropractic to be more effective than placebo or pharmaceuticals.
- Some chiropractors treat newborns as young as two weeks to help alleviate "birth trauma."
Scientists may have seen a way to cure a maddening symptom of hearing loss.
- A treatment for tinnitus – a constant ringing in the ears – has been frustratingly elusive.
- Out-of-control inflammation, the brain's response to damage, may be the cause of long-term ringing in the ears.
- A study that examined mice with noise-induced hearing loss seems to have found the neural trigger for tinnitus.
Are we witnessing evolution in real time?
- After Hurricane Maria, anole species on the island of Dominica developed super strong grips.
- This development may be one of the fasted rates of evolutionary change ever recorded.
- Climate change will likely to result in more intense hurricanes, but not all species will adapt so quickly.