The Definition of an Idea

You’ve probably had millions of these in your lifetime, but maybe you haven’t had a chance to share your ideas with the world outside of your college professors, drinking buddies, and coworkers. Here’s your chance.\n\nIdeas posted on BigThink.com can take the form of a question or a statement. You can, of course, interpret that however you wish, but bear in mind that by submitting an idea, you’re entering it into the public sphere. Sure, some of your ideas will be greeted with hearty hurrahs, but others might be met with strident disagreement. But that’s the fun of it. Enough preaching to the choir, enough ideological isolationism. We want to pull you into a lively and challenging debate.\n\nSo what ideas qualify? Anything goes, really. It can be something you read and thought was interesting, or something you might bring up in conversation or over dinner with friends. Or you can think of it this way: what do you know that you think others should, too?\n

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.

Photo: Victor Freitas / Unsplash
Surprising Science
  • 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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