Patrick Byrne: How will this age be remembered?

Patrick Byrne: This age? I think it will be a ___________. Well I think that this has persisted and gotten as bad as it is only because of different kinds of capture. And there’s powerful, you know, structures of power and authority as __________ would say; although I think he . . . But I’m a believer that there are classes with . . . and groups who have captured the mechanisms of government; and maybe more importantly, captured the methods of discourse – of popular discourse. What’s great about social media is it bypasses that. It bypasses all these central . . . centralized hierarchical systems of power and authority. If there’s a chance to get to work our way out of it, it’s through social media and the Internet.

Recorded on: 10/29/07

 

Government and discourse has been co-opted; media can get it back.

A dark matter hurricane is crashing into Earth

Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"

Surprising Science
  • 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
Keep reading Show less

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.

Keep reading Show less

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.
Keep reading Show less