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Finding a New Central Purpose

Do you have a purpose, in your life, or in your work, or both? Perhaps this is something you never ask yourself. Or perhaps it changes from day to day as you try to grapple with the challenges that life seems to throw at you. I have found that having […]

Dolphins Talk When Performing a Team Task

Do dolphins have language skills similar to ours? Do the vocalizations of bottlenose dolphins mean anything? Are the dolphins conveying useful information or just having a good time? While primates such as chimpanzees can be taught sign language, there is a great deal of scepticism as to whether they are […]

The Brain on LSD: First scans show how the drug affects the brain

A recent study by scientists at Imperial College London has revealed for the first time how the brain behaves during an LSD induced experience. The study, led by David J. Nutt, involved fMRI scans of subjects who had taken LSD and compared them with others who had been given a […]

Epigenetic Tags can be passed on to the Next Generation

Epigenetics — the science of gene expression is a moving target. Over the past thirty years geneticists recognised that the way a gene is expressed can be influenced by environmental factors. A mother’s obesity, diabetes stress or even mental illness can be passed onto her offspring even if the condition […]

Van Lommel, P ‘Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience’, Carter, C ‘Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death’ – The NDE and Beyond

Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience by Pim van Lommel Science and the Near-Death Experience: How Consciousness Survives Death by Chris Carter Reviewed by David Lorimer Near-death studies are now a well-established field, even if they receive scant attention from the mainstream scientific community. Between 1975 and […]

The Science of Dreaming – Interview with Kelley Bulkeley

Have you ever had a dream that was particularly memorable — one that shook you to the core; perhaps it marked a significant change in your life? Carl Gustav Jung referred to such dreams, that normally occur 2-3 times in a person’s life  as Big Dreams. Recently Kelley Bulkeley, dream […]

The Burden of Disorders of the Brain

From ‘Recent Developments in Science and Medicine’ by Marilyn Monk. Network Review 107, Winter 2011 It appears that more than a third of people in Europe (164.8 million persons) suffer from mental disorders and only a quarter of these receive help. Wittchen and collaborators (Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, […]