Mind over Matter

Mind over Matter Princeton University scientists believe that the human mind can influence machines. Now, when is the last time you said something nice to your computer? "Come on, sweetheart, you can do it. Oh, now, show me what you're made of. Thaaat's it!" I am alone in a room with a woman I met barely an hour ago. She…

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The FRB 121102 millimeter Pulse Radio and listen to Alien communication

Known as FRB121102, it was first discovered in 2012 and found to repeat in 2015. Analysis of data later located the source of the signal coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light years away. Credits Credits attached images of FRB121102: Gemini Observatory/AURA/NRC/NSF/NRAO  On August 30, 2019 China’s Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) which is the world’s largest single-dish…

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The Human Mind is Wired for Magical Thinking

 “Nothing is so alien to the human mind as the idea of randomness.” —John Cohen Part 4 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic(Read Part 3 here.)Are you human? Then at some level you believe in magic. Specific beliefs about miracles and other kinds of magic may get handed down within a…

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What Is a Dimension? The Answer Will Bend Your Mind | WIRED

One of my favorite books as a child was called Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Written by a grade-school teacher in 1884, it’s a novel narrated by a square who lives in a two-dimensional world called Flatland populated by lines and shapes. In the story, the square encounters a sphere from a three-dimensional universe called Spaceland, but he can…

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We Are Wired To Be Creative | The Creative Mind

“A highly creative individual is in constant self-actualization. . . Creativity makes life worth living.” That is from the book “Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind” by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire – “an empowering manifesto for creative people” says Susan Cain, author of “Quiet.” Scott Barry Kaufman is director of the Imagination Institute, a columnist…

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The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta) | WIRED

Edward Chang keeps a cybernetic implant at his desk, which seems almost calculatedly cool. Chang is a lean, low-voiced neurosurgeon at UC San Francisco. The cybernetic implant—more properly a Brain-Computer Interface—is a floppy, translucent plastic square about the size of my hand, embedded with a 16-by-16 array of titanium dots, each about the size of a cupcake sprinkle. This part…

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Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine | WIRED

For those of us who worry that Facebook may have serious boundary issues when it comes to the personal information of its users, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments at Harvard should get the heart racing.Zuckerberg ostensibly dropped by the university last month as part of a year of conversations with experts about the role of technology in society, “the opportunities, the…

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Netflix’s Dark Is Mind-Melting Sci-Fi at Its Very Best | WIRED

The Netflix science fiction show Dark, a multi-generational saga set in small-town Germany, is one of the best shows on television. But TV writer Rafael Jordan notes that the show requires your full attention. “It really might be the most challenging, ambitious narrative I’ve ever watched,” Jordan says in Episode 372 of the podcast. “You need a companion site open…

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