Happiness. Meaning of life. Genes.
For the first time, locations on the human genome have been identified that can explain differences in meaning in life between individuals. This is the result of research conducted in over 220,000 individuals. The researchers identified two genetic variants for meaning in life and six genetic variants for happiness. (1) We want to be unhappy. […]
Zombie cells… Castles in the sand…
Zombie cells are the ones that can’t die but are equally unable to perform the functions of a normal cell. These zombie, or senescent, cells are implicated in a number of age-related diseases. Researchers have now expanded that list. (1) Zombie cells. Not like the other cells. Because the other cells sustain life. But we […]
Materialism’s dictatorship. Dreams in a cold universe…
Genes are key to academic success, study suggests. Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed, new research suggests. (1) In another study, “bravery” cells were found in the hippocampus. (2) Another study found the mechanisms […]
Predictions. Crowds. Humans. Universe.
Electrons whizzing around each other and humans crammed together at a political rally don’t seem to have much in common, but researchers are connecting the dots. They’ve developed a highly accurate mathematical approach to predict the behavior of crowds of living creatures, using methods originally developed to study large collections of quantum mechanically interacting electrons. […]
Belief, Brain, Brain, gods, Materialism
Believing in the brain…
Humans constantly experience an ever-changing stream of subjective feelings that is only interrupted during sleep and deep unconsciousness. Finnish researches show how the subjective feelings map into five major categories: positive emotions, negative emotions, cognitive functions, somatic states, and illnesses. All these feelings were imbued with strong bodily sensations. (1) In both ADHD and emotional […]
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