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7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain

7 Essential Books on Music, Emotion, and the Brain | Concerns | Scoop.it
What Freud has to do with auditory cheesecake, European opera and world peace.

Last year, Horizon's fascinating documentary on how music
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Tracking Conscious Perception in Real-Time With fMRI? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Tracking Conscious Perception in Real-Time With fMRI? - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Concerns | Scoop.it
What if it were possible to measure your conscious experience, in real time, using a brain scanner? Neuroscientists Christoph Reichert and colleagues repor
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The Tragedy of Common-Sense Morality: Our Intuition Is Not Good.

The Tragedy of Common-Sense Morality: Our Intuition Is Not Good. | Concerns | Scoop.it
Our instincts don't always serve us well. Moral psychologist Joshua Greene explains why, in the modern world, we need to figure out when to put our sense of right and wrong in manual mode.

 

Tiffany O’Callaghan: You say morality is more than it evolved to be. What do you mean?
Joshua Greene: Morality is essentially a suite of psychological mechanisms that enable us to cooperate. But, biologically at least, we only evolved to cooperate in a tribal way. Individuals who were more moral—more cooperative with those around them—could outcompete others who were not. However, we have the capacity to take a step back from this and ask what a more global morality would look like. Why are the lives of people on the other side of the world worth any less than those in my immediate community? Going through that reasoning process can allow our moral thinking to do something it never evolved to.


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Happiness and Its Discontents-So how else might we define happiness?

Happiness and Its Discontents-So how else might we define happiness? | Concerns | Scoop.it
Are you satisfied with your life? How are you feeling? Does either question tell us what we really want to know?

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I would suggest that when we talk about happiness, we are actually referring, much of the time, to a complex emotional phenomenon. Call it emotional well-being. Happiness as emotional well-being concerns your emotions and moods, more broadly your emotional condition as a whole. To be happy is to inhabit a favorable emotional state.


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Eye of Sauron star spotted by planet-hunting camera - space - 04 June 2014 - New Scientist

Eye of Sauron star spotted by planet-hunting camera - space - 04 June 2014 - New Scientist | Concerns | Scoop.it
An exoplanet-hunting add-on for the Very Large Telescope has taken its first images, revealing a stunning ringed star with unprecedented clarity
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Quantum criticality observed in new class of materials

Quantum criticality observed in new class of materials | Concerns | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Quantum criticality, the strange electronic state that may be intimately related to high-temperature superconductivity, is notoriously difficult to study. But a new discovery of 'quantum critical points' could allow physicists to develop a classification scheme for quantum criticality—the ...
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The Disappearing Physicist and His Elusive Particle - Issue 13: Symmetry - Nautilus

The Disappearing Physicist and His Elusive Particle - Issue 13: Symmetry - Nautilus | Concerns | Scoop.it
The members of the physics institute at Via Panisperna were in the habit of giving themselves jocular nicknames: Enrico Fermi was…
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Theoretical physics: Complexity on the horizon

Theoretical physics: Complexity on the horizon | Concerns | Scoop.it
A concept developed for computer science could have a key role in fundamental physics — and point the way to a new understanding of space and time.
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Tyler Cowen | Thomas Piketty's Vision of a Global Wealth Tax | Foreign Affairs

Tyler Cowen | Thomas Piketty's Vision of a Global Wealth Tax | Foreign Affairs | Concerns | Scoop.it
Foreign Affairs — The leading magazine for analysis and debate of foreign policy, economics and global affairs.
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What’s Up With That: How a Swinging Pendulum Proves the Earth Rotates | Science | WIRED

What’s Up With That: How a Swinging Pendulum Proves the Earth Rotates | Science | WIRED | Concerns | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, you were probably on an elementary school field trip at a science museum or an observatory. Just before lunch, your teacher had the class stand in a circle around an enormous weight suspended on a string, and watch it swing back and forth, back and forth.
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Yesterday’s drugs are tomorrow’s medicines – Benjamin Breen – Aeon

Yesterday’s drugs are tomorrow’s medicines – Benjamin Breen – Aeon | Concerns | Scoop.it
The line between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’ is thin and unstable — and it always has been
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The logic of Buddhist philosophy – Graham Priest – Aeon

The logic of Buddhist philosophy – Graham Priest – Aeon | Concerns | Scoop.it
Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing
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Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change

Alan Lightman on Our Yearning for Immortality and Why We Long for Permanence in a Universe of Constant Change | Concerns | Scoop.it
A heartening perspective on mortality by way of the physics of the cosmos and the poetics of the night-blooming cereus cactus.

"We suffer
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Can Rational Arguments Actually Change People's Minds?

Can Rational Arguments Actually Change People's Minds? | Concerns | Scoop.it
Are we, the human species, unreasonable? Do rational arguments have any power to sway us, or is it all intuition, hidden motivations, and various other forms of prejudice? The answer isn't simple, but we may not be irrational creatures after all.
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You’ve Been Obsessing Over Your Likes and Retweets Way Too Much | Opinion | WIRED

You’ve Been Obsessing Over Your Likes and Retweets Way Too Much | Opinion | WIRED | Concerns | Scoop.it
In a culture that feed off likes, it can be hard to imagine feeling worthy in obscurity. But some of the most important work in our society gets the least recognition.
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Quantum Theory Won't Save The Soul - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Quantum Theory Won't Save The Soul - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Concerns | Scoop.it
Could quantum mechanics save the soul? In the light of 20th century physics, is free will plausible? Such as been the hope of some philosophers, scientists

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Could quantum mechanics save the soul? In the light of 20th century physics, is free will plausible?

 

Such as been the hope of some philosophers, scientists (and pretenders to those titles) – but neuroscientist Peter Clarke argues that it’s just not happening, in an interesting new paper: Neuroscience, quantum indeterminism and the Cartesian soul

Clarke first outlines the dualism of Rene Descartes, who famously believed in an immaterial human soul separate from the brain, and responsible for rational thought. But this implied that an immaterial soul could break the laws of physics, and affect some physical processes in the brain, in order to control our actions. Even in the 17th century, this was regarded as a bit much:

Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia (oldest daughter of King James VI), wrote: “…it would be easier for me to concede matter and extension to the soul, than to concede the capacity to move a body and to be moved by it to an immaterial thing.”

But the 20th century gave new life to dualism. Quantum theory taught that physics is non-deterministic on the smallest scales; most famously, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle states that we can’t know the exact properties of any particle for sure – only the probability of finding a certain kind of particle in a certain place.


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Exemplo de Interdisciplinaridade do Saber ( e não multidisciplinaridade). Neurociência, indeterminismo quântico e a Alma Cartesiana.  

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Computer simulating 13-year-old boy becomes first to pass Turing test

Computer simulating 13-year-old boy becomes first to pass Turing test | Concerns | Scoop.it
'Eugene Goostman' fools 33% of interrogators into thinking it is human, in what is seen as a milestone in artificial intelligence
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Biggest void in space is 1 billion light years across - space - 24 August 2007 - New Scientist

Biggest void in space is 1 billion light years across - space - 24 August 2007 - New Scientist | Concerns | Scoop.it
The newly discovered hole is 40 times larger than the previous record holder and challenges theories of the universe's structure
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Life is a Braid in Spacetime - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus

Life is a Braid in Spacetime - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus | Concerns | Scoop.it
“Excuse me, but what’s the time?” I’m guessing that you, like me, are guilty of having asked this question,…
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"It is not about political views or ideologies, it is blunt facts which are not known" | Neurobonkers | Big Think

"It is not about political views or ideologies,  it is blunt facts which are not known" | Neurobonkers | Big Think | Concerns | Scoop.it
Eight years ago professor of global health Hans Rosling delivered a TED talk that remains one of the most viewed TED talks of all time. This month at the Nordic Media Festival, Rosling gave a spell binding hour long talk (which you can view at the bottom of this post) that expands upon his earlier ...
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Restoring Science’s Place in Society Will Help Us Resolve the Big Debates (Op-Ed)

Restoring Science’s Place in Society Will Help Us Resolve the Big Debates (Op-Ed) | Concerns | Scoop.it
In the early days of independent India, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said, “It is science alone that can solve the problems of hunger and poverty … of a rich country inhabited by starving people.”
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Humans Sacrificed Brawn for Brains As We Evolved - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com

Humans Sacrificed Brawn for Brains As We Evolved - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com | Concerns | Scoop.it
Based on the comparison of metabolic signatures in humans and monkeys, researchers say our species sacrificed physical strength for bigger brains.
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Mapping The Brain May Soon Be A Reality… But At What Cost? | Mysterious Universe

Mapping The Brain May Soon Be A Reality… But At What Cost? | Mysterious Universe | Concerns | Scoop.it
It has long been held as one of the chief tenants of modern transhumanist thought: the ability to utilize technology to achieve whole-brain mapping. Once the labyrinth of the mind has been conquered, untold realms may await us, forever changing the fields of neuroscience, psychology, learning, and the very development of human thought. In the 2014 film Transcendance, actor Johnny Depp plays a scientist who, after being mortally injured by anti-science extremists, becomes the subject of a radical new technology that successfully uploads his entire mind into a computer; and thus, all hell breaks loose as the film's protagonists rush to try and stop the seemingly limitless intelligence of Depp's trans-human essence from destroying the world. While the reproduction of human minds and thought processes may be a long way off, a group of MIT researchers working alongside the University of Vienna have managed to innovate a new system of imaging that can generate 3-D videos of entire brai
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Was Freud right about dreams all along? – Patrick McNamara – Aeon

Was Freud right about dreams all along? – Patrick McNamara – Aeon | Concerns | Scoop.it
Gritty, emotional, smelly and dirty: new evidence supports Freud’s long-debunked theory that sex fuels our dreams
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How New World wine resurrects old religion – Ross Andersen – Aeon

How New World wine resurrects old religion – Ross Andersen – Aeon | Concerns | Scoop.it
Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter – no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still
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