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Beautiful Minds

One Alien’s Report on the Current State of Education on Earth

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I don’t know if you’ve heard the big news, but we’ve been recently visited by an alien. His name is Cretal, and he is from the planet Zoran. He was sent over to Earth to study humans and how they achieve personal contentment and happiness in life. Cretal arrived without any knowledge of the labels we [...]

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Bering in Mind

Dreaming of Nonsense: The Evolutionary Enigma of Dream Content

Evolutionary theorists question whether there’s an adaptive purpose to dreaming

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Cross-Check

Inception is a clunker, but lucid dreaming is cool

Painting by Albert Joseph Moore

Inception is an absurdly complicated, clattering contraption of a movie that impresses only in a mechanical, Rube Goldberg–ish way. My intellect had to work so hard to figure out what was happening that my emotions never got engaged. But the flick gives me an excuse to revisit a topic that’s fascinated me ever since I [...]

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Guest Blog

Too Hard for Science?: The sense of meaning in dreams

In dreams, could we discover where the mysterious feeling of revelation comes from? In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, [...]

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SciArt of the Day: The Seizure

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The great Symbolist draughtsman Max Klinger created this image as one of ten in a narrative series of etchings called, Paraphrase on the Discovery of a Glove, which follows the dreamy travels of a single lost glove. This second-last panel, The Seizure is remarkable in a couple of ways. Symbolists, like their artistic descendants the [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

In Case There Was Any Doubt

Animals dream, too! It’s definitely not a seizure, and it’s definitely not random motor actions. Those actions are totally coordinated. Poor dog must have been dreaming about a dog fight or something.

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