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There’s Something Really Wrong With Science These Days

The wakeup call came when news broke in late November about a rather obvious nonsensical article being accepted for publication in a “peer-reviewed” online journal. The article was titled “Get me off your fucking mailing list” and it basically just repeated this request over and over again throughout 10 pages. It even had a flow […]

Are We Superhuman? Part 2 – Precognition

Could your brain have the potential to predict what will happen in the future? In the first installment of the series, Part 1 – Feeling the Future, we touched upon the easier to swallow concept of predictive anticipatory activity (PAA), known to the psychic community as presentiment. It almost seems logical, even expected, that a […]

Humans of The Future

A look into the future evolution of human beings is rather speculative, even when it’s dedicated scientists doing the looking. The psychological, social and physical changes humans will experience in the coming thousands of years are simply unknown to us. However, we know that human beings are still evolving, that change is imminent, and that […]

Does High IQ Increase the Risk of Depression and Mental Disorders?

Blame it on movies or books, but we have fallen into the habit of stereotyping. Popular culture portrays highly intelligent men and women as moody, secretive people who have so much going on in their minds that they are mentally always on the edge. There is probably a point here because psychiatrists are tinkering with […]

Predicting Seizures Amid the Chaos

We are one step closer to predicting the unpredictable. Robin Gras, PhD, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science and Canada Research Chair in Learning and Simulation for Theoretical Biology, and his PhD student Abbas Golestanti have developed novel methods for long-term time series forecasting. In a Scientific Reports article, Gras and Golestanti […]

The Concept of Race in Science – A Debate

Race is a label. Race does not exist. Race is still an issue. These are some of the apparently contradictory statements that we can find in the debate, a subject with renewed tension in the US after a series of shootings of unarmed “black” men in the US by “white” policemen. Race is a slippery […]

Perception Is the Opposite of Reality

Do you ever feel like you are actually doing, seeing, or experiencing the things in your daydreams? Perhaps the warm sand beneath your toes while you relax on the beach; the wind rushing through your hair while you drive a fancy sports car; the smooth finish of that fine wine you have been wanting to […]

Decoding Creativity – It’s In the Genes!

What do Beethoven and the violinist who plays in the subway for a few dollars of tips share? What’s common between Vincent Van Gogh and the spraycan-wielding graffiti artists who paint the walls of your city with their bold artwork? Creativity? Yes, but the similarities go deeper. According to scientists and psychologists, these artists share […]

Waterboarding the Brain – The Neural Effects of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

The Question of Morality vs. The Question of Efficacy The recent Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) like waterboarding has reinvigorated debate over the appropriateness of such methods for counterterrorism efforts. Show More Summary

Mental Context – A Delicate Subject

Differentiating psychotic experience from religious experience is a delicate matter. The discussion that follows is not intended to validate psychotic experience or denigrate religious experience. Rather, it is meant to address the questions of whether hallucinations and delusions can be distinguished from religious experience. Show More Summary

How the Sense of Taste Works?

Taste, or gustatory perception, is one of our basic senses. It tells us from early childhood what is edible and what is not, what is good for our body and what can be potentially dangerous. Taking into account how important the sense of taste is for us, it is surprising how little we know about […]

Is the DSM-5 A “Book of Woe”?

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) published the first version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1952. Its ongoing aim is to establish a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. Since the APA published the fifth edition of the DSM in May 2013, there has been […]

Is Anxiety Really a Gift?

Anxiety is most known as a “thinking” disorder which can be evidenced through symptoms such as chronic worrying. Science now shows that human beings have on average between 60,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day and according to author Joe Dispenza, roughly “70% of those thoughts are negative in nature.” Negative thoughts create negative emotions which […]

Psychosis – A Dream-Like State Of Mind?

Have you ever thought of psychosis as a dream-like state of mind? Dreaming does actually bear strong similarities with the psychotic state of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Psychotic states are characterized by hallucinations, loosening of associations, incongruity of personal experience, and a loss of self-reflective capacity. Dreams can also be seen as a kind […]

What is ALS? The Real Challenge

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” helped raise over $100 million for ALS research in little more than a month. This is a staggering 3,500% increase from the $2.8 million that the ALS Association raised during the same time period in 2013. Such a viral craze has the power to bring about tangible change. But is that impact […]

How Will Augmented Reality Change Our Lives?

Augmented reality (AR) is defined as the direct or indirect view of a physical world whose elements are modified by computer generated sensory input such as video, graphics or GPS data. While some years ago there was a huge debate about its anticipated impact on society, today AR applications are becoming mainstream. We can increasingly […]

The Hollywood Medical Reporter – Big Eyes and Delusional Disorder

Simultaneously grotesque yet tender material is director Tim Burton’s specialty. Burton was therefore the perfect choice for a film about Margaret Keane’s art, which was mostly recognizable by children with strange – but sweet – over-sized eyes. Big Eyes is easily among my personal favorite Tim Burton films. Left to Right: Tim Burton, Christoph Waltz […]

If Brain Training Won’t Help the Elderly, What Will?

In October, the Stanford Center on Longevity published a statement, signed by about 70 psychologists and neuroscientists, that likely shocked millions of consumers and disgruntled a number of tech companies. The statement, which criticized...Show More Summary

Ann Romney Tackling Neurological Disease – Interview with Ann Romney Directors

The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital launched just one month ago. It is poised to be a global research operation to tackle five neurological diseases: multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and brain tumors. Here, I interview the two co-directors. The Center […]

“Sleepless in America” – Interview With Nat Geo’s Sleep Expert

The pervasive lack of sleep is a national public health issue. National Geographic Channel (NGC) along with The Public Good Projects and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have teamed up to develop Sleepless In America, premiering tonight at 8PM EST/PST. Directed by award-winning producer John Hoffman, this highly anticipated film exposes the hidden epidemic […]

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