LINKS Into the Empty: Designer Realities: Coming To A Life Near You! With UFO’s and other things which officially ‘do not exist’ for large segments of the population, there’s no need to wonder ‘where they are from’ if you aren’t seeing them: You’re simply not part of the club of people who are. Witnesses are
DAVID LYNCH Great, weird David Lynch interview from 1992. Have you ever had a religious experience? Yes I have. Several years ago I was at the LA County Museum of Art and they had this show of sandstone carvings from India. I was there with my first wife and our daughter Jennifer and I wandered
EGO People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga, says a new study: According to Buddhist teaching, the self is an illusion. The religion preaches a fundamentally selfless worldview, encouraging followers to renounce individual desires and distance themselves from self-concern. To advance this perspective, millions of people around the world practice yoga and meditation. But
ALIENS Pam Weintraub: After centuries searching for extraterrestrial life, we might find that first contact is not with organic creatures at all When our first encounter or detection finally occurs, it could be a machine intelligence that appears in our sights. The idea is not truly new. Back in the 1940s, the mathematician John von
BLOCKCHAIN There’s a new religion based on blockchain: …there’s now a religion built on the Ethereum blockchain. Its founder, Matt Liston, is the former CEO of Augur, a blockchain-supported prediction platform. Liston’s departure from Augur was contentious, and just last week he filed a lawsuit for $152 million against his former employer. Liston unveiled his
MUSIC Music as a repellant — Bach at the Burger King: Baroque music seems to make the most potent repellant. “[D]espite a few assertive, late-Romantic exceptions like Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff,” notes critic Scott Timberg, “the music used to scatter hoodlums is pre-Romantic, by Baroque or Classical-era composers such as Vivaldi or Mozart.” Public administrators seldom
CRYPTO Matthew Pirkowski on the concept of “Distributed Valerism“: Distributed Valerism shifts economic focus away from concerns regarding the centralized management of ownership and toward the long-tail dynamics of value representation, storage, and transaction within a behavioral landscape adapted to the novel physical and game theoretic constraints of an information economy. Where possible, I seek
AWE How awe sharpens our brains: Does awe promote a state of mind where we suck up information from our environment like a sponge, with little conscious effort? Does awe disable the filters, created by our expectations, through which we usually perceive the world? Why are some people very awe-prone, and others not so much?