Is Matter Conscious?

Why the central problem in neuroscience is mirrored in physics. BY HEDDA HASSEL MØRCH The nature of consciousness seems to be unique among scientific puzzles. Not only do neuroscientists have no fundamental explanation for how it arises from physical states of the brain, we are not even sure whether we ever will. Astronomers wonder what dark matter is, geologists seek the origins of life, and biologists try to understand cancer—all difficult problems, of course, yet at least we have some idea of how to go about investigating them and rough conceptions of what their solutions could look like. Our first-person … Continue reading Is Matter Conscious?

Can We Avoid Becoming Our Parents — Or Is It Inevitable?

by Chris Bourn You can fight nature and you can fight nurture, but can you fight both at once? Dancing like your dad: You can dread it, you can deny it, but you can’t dodge it. Even the silkiest-hipped individual will, at some point, turn into something resembling a lobster being tasered whenever he attempts to move rhythmically. To illustrate this phenomenon, here is Prince William, 34-year-old father of two and heir to the British throne, throwing down some un-regal moves at a Swiss nightclub a couple of weeks ago: Now compare that with this footage of his father, Prince Charles, samba-ing … Continue reading Can We Avoid Becoming Our Parents — Or Is It Inevitable?