Latest Philosophy of mind Stories

Mental Imagery Can Change Pupil Size
2013-12-03 15:45:37

[ Watch the Video: Thinking About Light Can Change Your Pupil Size ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Animals involuntarily constrict or dilate their pupils if they are sensing either too much or not enough light entering the eye, respectively. Now, a new study from a pair of Norwegian researchers has found that simply imagining a scene that is either too brightly or dimly lit can affect the size of your pupils. "Visual imagery is a private and subjective...

2013-12-02 21:28:26

A study investigates the role of the motor system in conceptualization Is it true, as some scientists believe, that to understand words like "spike" (in the volleyball sense) the brain has to "mentally" retrace the sequence of motor commands that accomplish the action? According to a study just published as a cover story in the December issue of Brain Research and conducted with the participation of scientists from SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, the...

2013-11-22 10:38:59

Faced with inevitable pain, most people choose to "get it out of the way" as soon as possible, according to research published this week in PLOS Computational Biology. In the study, which was conducted from the Institute for Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London, participants chose between real painful stimuli in the form of electric shocks, and imagined painful dental appointments occurring at different...

New Type Of Boredom
2013-11-19 11:06:54

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We’ve all been there. A long car ride through the corn fields of Nebraska. A work party where you search for conversation that doesn’t center around the single mundane task you share for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. A two-hour zig-zagging line to board a 4-minute roller coaster ride. Boredom, we learned in 2006, comes in many nuanced forms, the style of one distinctly different from another. Now, thanks to a collaborative...

Is the Universe the creation of consciousness
2013-11-15 13:43:03

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While opinions about the existence of heaven or hell are firmly entrenched in the public consciousness, a Wake Forest stem cell scientist has put forward a theory that says death is just a construct of the human mind. In his theory, called biocentrism, Dr. Robert Lanza claims the universe is created by life, not the other way around. The theory posits that a person's consciousness determines the appearance and behavior of objects in...

Study Shows Brain Processes Input That May Not Be Perceived
2013-11-14 17:44:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Freudian and Behavioral scientists have long been at odds regarding the validity of each school of thought. Freudians champion the idea that human perception is separated into three distinct compartments: the conscious, unconscious and pre-conscious. Behaviorists reject these constructs for their inability to be subjected to rigorous scientific testing. However, University of Arizona (UA) doctoral degree candidate Jay Sanguinetti...

2013-11-13 23:33:16

Patently Brilliant is offering a “That Was My Invention Idea!” Contest geared for inventors to win prizes for telling their best story on what happened when they found their invention idea already selling on a store shelf. Canonsburg, PA (PRWEB) November 13, 2013 Patently Brilliant is launching their new Facebook page with a contest geared for hopeful inventors. The contest is called “That was My Invention Idea!” and inventors are encouraged to upload their stories about their...

2013-11-12 23:22:21

Chatwing Company is now planning to create t-shirts for all of its loyal users and clients. New York, NY (PRWEB) November 12, 2013 New York, NY – Chatwing is going beyond the reaches of the cyberspace by announcing its plan to create a line of custom shirts. This plan has long been discussed by Chatwing website chat software developers, and it is continuously being refined for months. To jumpstart the plan, the team is now gathering t-shirt concepts from various users. Here are some of...

2013-11-10 23:02:42

Spiritual Awakening Day is a day to celebrate the global shift in mass consciousness and the dawn of the Age of Aquarius. It is celebrated by sending Love, Gratitude and Joy into the Universe at 11 until 11:11 a.m. (PRWEB) November 10, 2013 Spiritual Awakening Day is a day to celebrate the global shift in mass consciousness and the dawn of the Age of Aquarius. It is celebrated by sending Love, Gratitude and Joy into the Universe at 11am until 11.11 a.m. 11.11 was chosen as the date and...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'