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Neuroscience of Consciousness

10 Experiments At The Forefront Of Sleep Science

Kate Ray | Posted 06.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Kate Ray

As part of the team at, a crowdfunding platform for science, I get to talk to scientists all the time. I've been an insomniac and poor ...

Skepticism and a Million Dollar Challenge (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.06.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

I'm willing to endure the bad faith of the skeptic movement to bring to light how vital it is for human evolution to solve the mystery of reality, without prejudice, false assumptions, second-hand beliefs, and spiteful animus.

Getting Zombies Excited (It Takes a Million-Dollar Challenge)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

In science, problems get solved faster when the pot begins to boil. Dormant questions need motivation, which is why I posed a million-dollar challenge to anyone in the materialist camp who could demonstrate how matter turns into mind.

Consciousness and the Unashamed Rationalist

Michael Graziano | Posted 10.30.2013 | Science
Michael Graziano

Science can't make headway unless observations are stripped of their magical interpretations. Objectively, human brains attribute the property of awareness to themselves.

A Teen, a Trauma, and a Tragedy: Is Brain Damage to Blame?

Ben Thomas | Posted 08.10.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

On the night Austin Trenum suffered his concussion, he started to change. As if the concussion had left Austin's brain intact and functional, but had changed him in ways that proved too subtle to catch except in hindsight.

Clipped and Trimmed: The Conformity of Human Perceptions

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

It can be said that society "clips and trims" the human mind -- our daily consciousness and perceptions -- in order to form a general consensus in thinking.

How Does Our Consciousness Change The Structure Of The Brain And Then Our Life?

Peter Baksa | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

In addition to the brain giving rise to thoughts, hopes, beliefs and emotions that add up to this thing we call the mind, could it be that the mind also acts back on the brain to cause physical changes in the very manner they were initiated?

The Spirit Ends When The Brain Dies

Michael Graziano | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

There is no part of the brain that, when damaged, takes away the Cartesian soul. Instead damage to different structures takes away different chunks of the mind.

Does The Eternal Soul Exist? Studies Of Brain Damage Suggest No

Michael Graziano | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

There really is such a thing as spirit, but it is not as people have imagined it in the past. Spirit is information of a special kind. It is quirky and individual to each of us, and is precious because it is not eternal.

Is Spirituality A Byproduct Of Evolution?

Michael Graziano | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

We are beings that do not see the world literally or dispassionately. We see the world filtered through our most developed talent, our social intelligence, and spirituality is a direct consequence.

Why Is Mozart A Religious Experience?

Michael Graziano | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

As a scientist and an atheist, how can I come to terms with my own spiritual reverence toward some instances of music?

The Spirit Constructed In The Brain

Michael Graziano | Posted 06.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

Our brains actively paint consciousness onto ourselves and onto the objects around us -- and the implications for spiritual belief are rather startling.