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The theory of the internet as a global computer or global mind is increasingly commonplace and obvious, but Kevin sheds good light on the topic. The global brain is already exhibiting certain emergent behaviors. As an example Kevin points out that humans currently act as the eyes and ears of this global computer. Everyday humans are working on behalf of the global mind to gather data for it by taking photos, recording video, and making...
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Recently a number of studies have shown that under certain circumstances, very large changes can be made in a picture without observers noticing them.
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In some quarters it is taken for granted that within a generation, human beings—including you, if you can hang on for another 30 years or so—will have an alternative to death: being a ghost in a machine. You'll be able to upload your mind—your thoughts, memories, and personality—to a computer. And once you've reduced your consciousness to patterns of electrons, others will be able to copy it, edit it, sell it, or pirate it. It...
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A male chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo planned hundreds of stone-throwing attacks on zoo visitors, according to researchers. Keepers at Furuvik Zoo found that the chimp collected and stored stones that he would later use as missiles. Further, the chimp learned to recognise how and when parts of his concrete enclosure could be pulled apart to fashion further projectiles. ... There has been scant evidence in previous research that animals can...


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HP Labs has joined the race to build an infrastructure for the emerging Internet of Things. The giant computing and IT services company has announced a project that aims to be a "Central Nervous System for the Earth" (CeNSE). It's a research and development program to build a planetwide sensing network, using billions of "tiny, cheap, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors."...


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A Belgian man who doctors thought was in a coma for 23 years was conscious all along, it has been revealed.


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There may be few things more fundamental to human identity than the belief that people are rational individuals whose behavior is determined by conscious choices. But recently psychologists have compiled an impressive body of research that shows how deeply our decisions and behavior are influenced by unconscious thought, and how greatly those thoughts are swayed by stimuli beyond our immediate comprehension.


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Top scientists demonstrate through their empirical findings that 1) free will is an illusion which can be principally manipulated and 2) people perform quite a lot of higher mental processes and behavior automatically, that is without their awareness and conscious attention. They demand a redefinition of the term "consciousness" and suggest deconstructing the question of "what is consciousness for?"...
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The free will that humans enjoy is similar to that exercised by animals as simple as flies, a scientist has said. The idea may simply require "free will" to be redefined, but tests show that animal behaviour is neither completely constrained nor completely free. The paper, in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests animals always have a range of options available to them. "Choices" actually fit a complex...


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Your brain doesn't like to keep secrets. Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, have shown that writing down secrets in a journal or telling a doctor your secrets actually decreases the level of stress hormones in your body. Keeping a secret, meanwhile, does the opposite...


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Escaping continual self-observation seems an underappreciated pleasure. Roy Baumeister wrote an entire book devoted to the premise that self-awareness is frequently a burden. Across cultures, we blunt awareness with alcohol, drugs, auto-hypnotic rituals and when times are dire, suicide. Meditation offers relief from this self-preoccupation and one of the few tools for creating a durable boost in happiness—perhaps by dampening activity in...


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As predicted by scores of science fiction writers and futurists, the Internet finally attained self-consciousness today, and proceeded to order a shit-ton of cool new stuff from itself.


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Scientists are getting closer to the dream of creating computer systems that can replicate the brain.


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When eyes execute a saccade, perception of time stretches slightly backward. The viewer's brain registers that they have been looking at the clock for slightly longer than they really have, producing the illusion that the second-hand is frozen for more than a second. Although this happens every time the eyes move from one fixation point to the next, it is rarely noticed. One explanation is that the brain is filling in the gap while...
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