Acid test: scientists show how LSD opens doors of perception | Science | The Guardian

“Normally, our thoughts and incoming information are filtered by our prior experience,” said Parker Singleton, a PhD candidate at Cornell University in New York. “But if you take that filtering and suppression away, you are looking at the world with new eyes. You get a totally new perspective.”

— Read on www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/19/acid-test-scientists-show-how-lsd-opens-doors-of-perception

The Mental Benefits of Being Terrible at Something | Outside Online

Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning. Vanderbilt makes a compelling case that learning something new has myriad advantages, including promoting the brain’s ability to rewire itself, connecting you to new people and new communities, and reengaging our innate curiosity and open-mindedness. While all of these offer tremendous benefits, that last one may be the most important.
— Read on www.outsideonline.com/2423015/80-20-rule-beginner-mastery-benefits

Opinion | What Pop Stoicism Misses About Ancient Philosophy – The New York Times

The early Stoics taught that we are world citizens connected to all of humanity through our reason. Marcus Aurelius paints a graphic image in his “Meditations.” He jots his notes in the quiet of nightfall after a day of battle during the Germanic campaigns. The detritus of the battlefield is on his mind: Picture a hand and head lying apart from the rest of the body. This is what a person makes of himself when he cuts himself off from the world. We can’t be “at home in the world,” a Stoic catchphrase, if the good is reduced to self-interest, or grit is defined as go-it-alone self-reliance.

— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/05/14/opinion/stoics-self-help.html

How a Materialist Philosopher Argued His Way to Panpsychism | Mind Matters

“The energy process is experiencing. So I don’t touch anything in physics. I simply replace the picture of energy that most people have with the idea that this energy is somehow experiencing. That’s it.”

Strawson’s version of panpsychism appears economical in that it dispenses with the conundrum of the origin of consciousness. Except for one thing: To bridge the gap to human consciousness, he relies on evolution, seen as an active force rather than as a sequence of events:

— Read on mindmatters.ai/2021/05/how-a-materialist-philosopher-argued-his-way-to-panpsychism/

Woman missing for months found alive; foraged for grass, moss to survive: Utah officials

A “resourceful” 47-year-old woman missing for months has been found alive in a tent in Utah County, Utah, telling officials she foraged for grass and moss to survive. Officials believe the woman — who was weak and had lost weight when found Monday — chose to stay in the Diamond Fork area over the last few months, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said. “Over the next several months efforts were made to identify and contact family without success,” the sheriff’s office said Monday.
— Read on www.yahoo.com/gma/woman-missing-months-found-alive-182300936.html

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