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"Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy, because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes, you cannot see the truth. ~ Osho"

Study of brain injury hints at roots of creativity

In 1997, when she was 44, a massive stroke cost painter Katherine Sherwood the permanent use of her right hand.

Today, the Bay Area artist is painting with her left hand, her career more successful than ever.

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Science wakes up to people's increasing ability to manipulate their own dreams

LUCID dreaming - in which people are aware that they are in a dream and can therefore manipulate it - is real and becoming more common, experts believe.

In the most original Hollywood film of the year, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page stroll through a dreamworld where they are able to bend streets into the sky, walk up walls and obliterate a cafe by force of will.

Inception is a fantasy, but Britain's leading authority on dreaming said that the incidence of lucid dreaming seems to have increased over the last few years.

Professor Mark Blagrove, a psychologist who runs a sleep laboratory at the University of Swansea, said that according to studies the number of people in Western societies who experienced a lucid dream had increased by between 10 and 40 per cent since the 1980s.

The Power of Mind and the Promise of Placebo

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For decades, the gold standard of medical research has been the double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. You give one group of patients a medicine you want to test, and another group a dummy pill that has no active ingredients. Neither the patients nor doctors know who is getting which.

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Benoît Mandelbrot, passed away 14 Oct 2010, into the fractal universe!

'Fractalist' Benoît Mandelbrot dies - Benoît Mandelbrot, who died a month shy of his 86th birthday on Thursday, wanted to be remembered as the founding father of fractal geometry – the branch of mathematics that perceives the hidden order in nature.

He became a household name, thanks to the psychedelic swirls and spikes of the most famous fractal equation, Mandelbrot set.

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Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D., Excerpt from "Dreams and Consciousness"

Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. explains the difference between dreaming and waking in relation to sensory input and perception. He further elaborates on why dreams are reflections of our waking experience. Finally, he proposes that dreamers go beyond dream interpretation and "bring our ideals into our dreams and act there."

Robert Crumb - The Religious Experience of Philip K Dick

The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick is a short comic by Robert Crumb, published in Weirdo comics #17 in 1986. It is a detailed account of the Gnostic Christian experiences Philip K. Dick had in March 1974.

It makes for very bizarre reading, and I highly recommend checking it out here.

L-Theanine: How a Unique Anxiety Reducer and Mood Enhancer Increases Alpha Waves and Alertness

Hundreds of studies exist showing the many health benefits of green tea. But what makes it the most consumed beverage in the world after water is its pleasant taste and relaxation effect. Both of these qualities and more can be traced to a unique, neurologically-active amino acid in tea called L-theanine (gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid).

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..Is all that we see or seem,
but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe