30 09, 2016

The Nature of Nurture and the Nurture of Nature

Have you ever wondered why, despite our best efforts, certain situations cause us to act like our parents? While we often think of this as a learned behavioral mechanism, new research by Dr. Brian Dias from Emory University points to nature playing a role, suggesting it’s possible some information is biologically inherited through chemical changes that occur in DNA. He came to this conclusion in a study which uncovered the fact that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences—in this case, a fear of the smell of cherry blossom—to subsequent generations. This provides compelling evidence for the [...]

17 09, 2016

Navigating the Labyrinth of the Unknown

Does this sound familiar? For months you’ve been focused on a goal or outcome. Every time you sit down to meditate you’re so present with your future that you’re ‘in your future.’ You can smell it, feel it, taste it, touch it, hear it, see it—it’s practically a part of you. It’s a distant-future memory that you’re living into, and in your daily meditations you emotionally invest in how incredible your future will feel. It seems as if it’s in reach, almost tangible, and then—and then comes the day you brush up against it. Your future shows up in your [...]

3 09, 2016

Entangled Minds

Do you think it’s possible to see images in your dreams if someone is thinking them to you? British psychologists Simon Sherwood and Chris Roe of University College Northhampton say, yes. In 2003, after analyzing 47 separate dream experiments involving 1,270 individual trials, the duo found the overall accuracy in receiving an image was 59.1 percent. According to chance and the science of random event generators, like a coin toss it should have been 50 percent. But according to the odds of the results being chance, the statistics of the experiment were calculated at an astronomical 22 billion to one. [...]