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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Just up at The Mindful Hack

Heard way, way too often: The soul boils down to a few genes? No wonder the legacy media are legacy media if they haven't figured out that that show should just close soon.

Animal minds: Learning may not pay, but some animals do it anyway. "If your science prof told you long ago that learning evolves because animals that learn faster are more likely to survive, forget it. Learning imposes costs of its own, as one experiment showed."

Philosophy of mind: In case you wondered whether you are conscious and reading this. (Actually, there is hardly a materialist explanation of consciousness that is worth considering.)

PLUS:
Placebo effect: Your mind's role in your health. (No, don't throw away that prescription. But read this before you conclude that only that pill makes you well.)

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