Carl Jung: Taking inner life seriously.
An eight-part series on the thought of Carl Gustav Jung
from the Guardian's How to Believe
.) Jung's relationship with his patient, student, and rumored lover Sabina Spielrein
, and his mentor Sigmund Freud
is the subject of a new film, "A Dangerous Method." [Via] [more inside]
Cary in the Sky with Diamonds.
"Before Timothy Leary and the Beatles, LSD was largely unknown and unregulated. But in the 1950s, as many as 100 Hollywood luminaries—Cary Grant and Esther Williams among them—began taking the drug as part of psychotherapy. With LSD research beginning a comeback, the authors recount how two Beverly Hills doctors promoted a new 'wonder drug,' at $100 a session, profoundly altering the lives of their glamorous patients." [Via]
Philosophy’s great experiment.
"Philosophers used to combine conceptual reflections with practical experiment. The trendiest new branch
of the discipline, known as x-phi
, wants to return to those days. Some philosophers don’t like it." [Via]
How Google Is Making Us Smarter:
Humans are "natural-born cyborgs," and the Internet is our giant "extended mind."
My Genome, My Self:
Steven Pinker considers what we can expect from personal genomics
. Searching for Intelligence in Our Genes:
Carl Zimmer looks at the hunt to learn about the role of genes in intelligence.
If I Were You: Perceptual Illusion of Body Swapping.
Expanding on previous experiments
, researchers discover how to induce a "body-swap" illusion
, whereby subjects perceive the body of another as if it were their own.
First Person Plural.
"An evolving approach to the science of pleasure suggests that each of us contains multiple selves—all with different desires, and all fighting for control. If this is right, the pursuit of happiness becomes even trickier. Can one self bind another self if the two want different things? Are you always better off when a Good Self wins? And should outsiders, such as employers and policy makers, get into the fray?" [Via]
Picturing our thoughts.
"We're looking for too much in brain scans
A New State of Mind.
"New research is linking dopamine
to complex social phenomena and changing neuroscience in the process."
"Turn the human brain upside down and all around to see how memories are saved (or lost)." National Geographic
has a great interactive 3D map of the brain as part of an excellent feature on memory
. [more inside]
The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement
(PDF). A paper by Andrew Brook
and Pete Mandik
on the relationship between neuroscience and philosophy. [Via MindHacks.] [more inside]
Virtual Out-of-Body Experience.
Using two procedures
to deliberately scramble a person's visual and tactile senses, neuroscientists are able to induce "out-of-body" experiences
in people. The effect is the same as the 'rubber hand illusion'
, but extends the effect to the whole body instead of just one limb (you can try the hand illusion for yourself