The ethical limits on our quest to understand the brain.

To understand brains, we record tiny pulses of electricity, the spikes sent from one neuron to another. Those spikes are you moving your eyes to read this text, cocking an eyebrow at the content therein; you sensing the gentle breeze and the waning sun on the skin; your vivid memory of strolling the streets of a beloved city. Spikes are the brain’s own language, so capturing them promises a profound understanding of how brains work.
— Read on slate.com/technology/2021/04/neuroscience-recording-brain-spikes-ethics.amp

A Physicist and Philosopher Examines Panpsychism | Mind Matters

Bruce Gordon: Now coming at it from the other direction, from the top down, you’ve got something like cosmopsychism. And it would say that all facts about consciousness in general, and about human consciousness in particular, are grounded in facts about consciousness that concern the universe as a whole. So the universe itself is conscious, and somehow our individual consciousnesses within the universe are manifestations or particularizations of this universal consciousness that’s gotten separated off and seems to be unto itself, but is not. It’s really a manifestation of the universe’s consciousness as a whole.

— Read on mindmatters.ai/2021/04/a-physicist-and-philosopher-examines-at-panpsychism/

To Be More Successful, Follow Elon Musk’s Advice and Redefine the Word ‘Rude’ | Inc.com

Kindness and decency are always in style (or at least should be). When she says she’s going to be less polite and more ballsy, my sense is she’s vowing to care a lot less about making other people comfortable at the expense of her own desires. No more saying yes to social invitations out of a sense of obligation or pursuing a particular life course because your parents or neighbors think you should. 
— Read on www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/to-be-more-successful-follow-elon-musks-advice-redefine-word-rude.html

Feeling the consciousness – The New Indian Express

The great divide between scientific and mystical views of reality lands on the question of our subjective awareness. It is harder to demonstrate objectively the transformative experiences that a seeker may undergo. Ultimately it comes down to how someone feels. This domain of feeling is so extraordinary and intricate in our subjectivity, and yet it has been often quite disregarded as the source of our capacity to orientate and connect with our environment.

— Read on www.newindianexpress.com/lifestyle/spirituality/2021/apr/11/feeling-the-consciousness-2287617.amp

Humans Were Actually Apex Predators For 2 Million Years, New Study Finds

None of this is to say we ought to eat more meat. Our evolutionary past isn’t an instruction guide on human health, and as the researchers emphasize, our world isn’t what it used to be.

But knowing where our ancestors sat in the food web has a big impact on understanding everything from our own health and physiology, to our influence over the environment in times gone by.

— Read on www.sciencealert.com/real-paleo-diets-may-have-been-far-more-carnivorous-than-anything-we-d-eat-today/amp

Milgram experiment – Wikipedia

The experiment found, unexpectedly, that a very high proportion of subjects would fully obey the instructions, albeit reluctantly. Milgram first described his research in a 1963 article in the Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology[1] and later discussed his findings in greater depth in his 1974 book, Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View.[3]
— Read on en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment

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