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"When I consider this carefully, I find not a single property which with certainty separates the waking state from the dream. How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream? ~ Rene Descartes"

Psychology

Eric Mead: The magic of the placebo

Sugar pills, injections of nothing -- studies show that, more often than you'd expect, placebos really work. At TEDMED, magician Eric Mead does a trick to prove that, even when you know something's not real, you can still react as powerfully as if it is. (Warning: This talk is not suitable for viewers who are disturbed by needles or blood.)

Our Subconscious Brain Makes The Best Decisions Possible

Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that the human brain—once thought to be a seriously flawed decision maker—is actually hard-wired to allow us to make the best decisions possible with the information we are given. The findings are published in today's issue of the journal Neuron.

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An Interview with Charles T. Tart, Ph.D

As Dr. Charles T. Tart sees it, the world has been miraculously transformed by science and technology. This transformation has been very good in many ways, he points out in his 2009 book, The End of Materialism, but the material progress has been accompanied by a shift in our belief systems, a shift that has resulted in the “partial crushing of the human spirit” by scientism.

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out … Get Well?

Acid is not the sort of drug patients would normally expect to be offered in a doctor’s surgery. Maybe at an Incredible String Band reunion tour. Or even a luncheon at Buckingham Palace. But most people will not have had their general practitioner write them an LSD prescription. However, ...

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Lazy students get perfect excuse to spend more time in bed

Scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago found that hearing specific sounds during deep sleep could improve your powers of recall.

Now inventors have produced a pillow with built-in speakers to capitalise on the discovery.

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The Hypnotic Power of Charismatic Religion

Whatever else you think about charismatic preachers, they have a dramatic power over their audience. While their followers believe them to have special powers, a new brain imaging study led by Uffe Schjødt at Aarhus University in Denmark suggests that it’s all just a product of their imagination.

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The Ten Most Revealing Psych Experiments

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Psychology is the study of the human mind and mental processes in relation to human behaviors - human nature. Due to its subject matter, psychology is not considered a 'hard' science, even though psychologists do experiment and publish their findings in respected journals. Some of the experiments psychologists have conducted over the years reveal things about the way we humans think and behave that we might not want to embrace, but which can at least help keep us humble. That's something.

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The Father of Analytical Psychology Carl Jung's near-death experience

In a hospital in Switzerland in 1944, the world-renowned psychiatrist Carl G. Jung, had a heart attack and then a near-death experience. His vivid encounter with the light, plus the intensely meaningful insights led Jung to conclude that his experience came from something real and eternal. Jung's experience is unique in that he saw the Earth from a vantage point of about a thousand miles above it. His incredibly accurate view of the Earth from outer space was described about two decades before astronauts in space first described it.

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