Intimations of Immortality—and $5-Million to Study Them – Research

Millions of people fervently believe in an afterlife. John Martin Fischer, a philosopher at the University of California at Riverside, is not one of them.

But Mr. Fischer does see the subject as ripe for academic research, and on Tuesday the John Templeton Foundation awarded him a windfall to make that happen—$5-million for a multidisciplinary investigation of human immortality.

via Intimations of Immortality—and $5-Million to Study Them – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Being in awe can expand time and enhance well-being

It doesnt matter what weve experienced — whether its the breathtaking scope of the Grand Canyon, the ethereal beauty of the Aurora Borealis, or the exhilarating view from the top of the Eiffel Tower — at some point in our lives weve all had the feeling of being in a complete and overwhelming sense of awe.

via Being in awe can expand time and enhance well-being.

Marijuana Reveals Memory Mechanism

Until recently, most scientists believed that neurons were the all-important brain cells controlling mental functions and that the surrounding glial cells were little more than neuron supporters and “glue.” Now research published in March in Cell reveals that astrocytes, a type of glia, have a principal role in working memory. And the scientists made the discovery by getting mice stoned…

via Marijuana Reveals Memory Mechanism: Scientific American.


Why Modern Love Hurts So Much

Modern Love

Everything we tell ourselves about modern love may be misguided, causing us pain and hardship along the way. The ideal of our age, which informs our view of society, remains the individual. Strong and independent, the individual believes society is no longer in the business of fixing marriage, at least not as the economic exchange it once was, and that he or she is free to marry for love. If love is not found, the problem likely lives in the individual and all the terrible things that befell him or her during the trauma of childhood. Now a large psychiatric industry has grown up around solving the medical condition of being out of love…

via Why Modern Love Hurts So Much | IdeaFeed | Big Think.


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