Just How Conscious are We?

Dan Dennett looks on at TED 2009.
Our Brains Are Actively Fooling Us half of the time
Philosopher Dan Dennett makes a compelling argument that we don’t understand our own consciousness…

Being PRESENT in the NOW
‘Reflections on Presence from Ancient Cultures
Humanitarian photographer, Lisa Kristine discusses this, in her experiences, having photographed many peoples from the world’s most ancient cultures, noting a quality of being PRESENT, which seems to distinguish all of them.

‘YES, these peoples are mostly still living the way they lived, perhaps thousands of years ago. They are not driven by this urge towards progress, which drives the West. They didn’t invent nuclear bombs and cellphones but they have something else: they have a sense of peace and acceptance of life on its own terms…’

What Makes Us Good or Evil?
Does this agree with your belief?
‘It’s a simple but deeply unsettling question. One that scientists are now starting to answer.

‘Horizon meets the researchers who have studied some of the most terrifying people behind bars – psychopathic killers.

‘But there was a shock in store for one of these scientists, Professor Jim Fallon, when he discovered that he had the profile of a psychopath. And the reason he didn’t turn out to be a killer holds important lessons for all of us…’

The Truth About Full Moons
First honey moon in almost 100 years spotted this morning

I had bad luck that day but I still believe it was coincidence. I installed a bad antivirus in my netbook and suffered until the next day

‘Even those who live in the Eastern time zone should not stress over the confluence of the full moon with Friday the 13th. Contrary to myth, the full moon does not affect human behavior or health. For example, a 1985 review published in the journal Psychological Bulletin tracked hospital admissions, psychiatric disturbances, homicides and other crime over several months and found no uptick in any of those variables around the time of the full moon.

‘Alas for heavily pregnant women, a 2001 study in the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society looked at about 70 million births in the United States and found no link between the phase of the moon and labor starting. So don’t expect to finish your pregnancy just because the moon is full.

‘Studies have also shown that other phenomena, including seizures, crime and heart surgery outcomes, have no link to the full moon…’


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