The Evolutionary Origins of Self

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With Stuart Alan Kauffman, Katherine T. Peil, and Neil Theise; facilitated by Chris Fields.

Microbes vigorously defend themselves against attack, distinguish friendly from unfriendly members of their communities, and approach suitable partners to initiate sex. What if anything do they experience when doing so? Do they, in particular, experience selfhood? Do fish that protect their nests experience ownership? Do crows that manufacture tools from unfamiliar objects experience planning and agency? Do dogs, elephants and horses experi- ence themselves as related in some particular way to each of the other members of their social groups? Do chimps recognize their memories as their own? What in general can we say about the evolution of the experience of selfhood? Did the multifaceted human sense of self evolve as a unit, or did its various components develop separately?

Judaism and Psychedelics

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If you’re Jewish, there’s something about psychedelics that you might find familiar

Songs of Deep Ocean

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Listen to the mysterious sound of the deepest part of the ocean

Notes on Complexity: Neil Theise

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A Buddhist Scientist on the Murmuration of Being

Spider Dreams

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Jumping spiders have REM-like twitches when they sleep, suggesting dreams may be much more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously realized

Earth’s Wild Music: Kathleen Dean Moore

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Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World

Supermassive Black Holes

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This new NASA animation highlights the “super” in supermassive black holes. These monsters lurk in the centers of most big galaxies, including our own Milky Way, and contain between 100,000 and tens of billions of times more mass than our Sun.

Connection to Source via the Cerebrospinal Fluid

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Investigate the cerebrospinal fluid and integrate new research to evolve the hypothesis of The Cerebrospinal fluid and I Am


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We are all fascinated by the mystery of metamorphosis

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