Posts Categorized: Guest Posts

Guest Post: Music and Happiness

An Excerpt From The Happiness Trip, By Eduardo Punset The most recent research has revealed that music, by acting on the central nervous system, raises levels of endorphins, the brain’s own opiates, as well as other neurotransmitters such as dopamine, acetylcholine, and oxytocin. Endorphins have been found to provide motivation and energy for life, to cause... Read more »

Guest Post: The Future Of Intelligence

An Excerpt From On Intelligence, By Jeff Hawkins Like a supersmart diplomat, intelligent machines may play a role in reducing conflict and human suffering. You might think intelligent machines would need emotions to foresee patterns involving human behavior, but I don’t think so… Continue Reading

Guest Post: On Changing Your Mind

An Excerpt From The Blank Slate, By Steven Pinker When law enforcement vanishes, all manner of violence breaks out; looting, settling old scores, ethnic cleansing, and petty warfare among gangs, warlords, and mafias. This was obvious in the remnants of Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and parts of Africa in the 1990′s, but can also happen in... Read more »

Guest Post: The Limits Of Our Imagination

An Excerpt From Many Worlds In One, By Alexander Vilenkin A striking feature of the new worldview is the existence of multiple “other worlds” beyond our observable region. Some of them are rather uncontroversial. Very few people, for example, would question the reality of other O-regions… Continue Reading 

Guest Post: Earth’s Beginning

An Excerpt From The Canon, By Natalie Angier …Earth’s crust had cooled down, and the swirling molten iron at its core had begun generating the magnetic fields that help deflect the searing solar wind. So shielded, the vast clouds of volcanic reflux were not peeled off into space, but instead hovered above the ground, gathering and... Read more »