"We are conditioned to be in desperate need of a future."

neurosciencestuff:

Human consciousness is simply a state of matter, like a solid or liquid – but quantum
Thanks to the work of a small group neuroscientists and theoretical physicists over the last few years, we may finally have found a way of analyzing the mysterious, metaphysical realm of consciousness in a scientific manner. The latest breakthrough in this new field, published by Max Tegmark of MIT, postulates that consciousness is actually a state of matter. “Just as there are many types of liquids, there are many types of consciousness,” he says. With this new model, Tegmark says that consciousness can be described in terms of quantum mechanics and information theory, allowing us to scientifically tackle murky topics such as self awareness, and why we perceive the world in classical three-dimensional terms, rather than the infinite number of objective realities offered up by the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
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neurosciencestuff:

Human consciousness is simply a state of matter, like a solid or liquid – but quantum

Thanks to the work of a small group neuroscientists and theoretical physicists over the last few years, we may finally have found a way of analyzing the mysterious, metaphysical realm of consciousness in a scientific manner. The latest breakthrough in this new field, published by Max Tegmark of MIT, postulates that consciousness is actually a state of matter. “Just as there are many types of liquids, there are many types of consciousness,” he says. With this new model, Tegmark says that consciousness can be described in terms of quantum mechanics and information theory, allowing us to scientifically tackle murky topics such as self awareness, and why we perceive the world in classical three-dimensional terms, rather than the infinite number of objective realities offered up by the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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Love is like religion. In the same way that religion gives meaning and purpose to humanity’s existence when we are faced with the reality of its true insignificance, love gives meaning and purpose to the individual’s life. Love is that feeling of standing in a crowd and someone calling your name, wanting you, only you. There are billions of people on earth and they want you. You are special, you are the greatest, no matter how statistically unrealistic such a proposition is. Love is like praying and hearing God answer back.
The only difference is…with love you get to be someone else’s god. You get to tell them that they are special, and unique, and perfect. And that is power. Omnipotence. And it feels good to wield that power: the power to elevate a single human above the masses, to free them from mortality and make them a deity. To give them purpose. 
And that’s why love is better than religion.
vintascope:

Daydreaming Bookeeper (Adventure) - Norman Rockwell

vintascope:

Daydreaming Bookeeper (Adventure) - Norman Rockwell

Fun Fact

thestarvoyager:

Americans spent about $7 billion on potato chips in 2012.  We spent just under $18 million on NASA.  That’s less than half of 1% of the national budget.  

If this bothers you, you can and should write your Congressional representatives. penny4nasa.org

Life, just like the stars, the planets and the galaxies, is just a temporary structure on the long road from order to disorder.

But that doesn’t make us insignificant, because we are the cosmos made conscious. Life is the means by which the universe understands itself.

And for me, our true significance lies in our ability to understand and explore this beautiful universe.

-Professor Brian Cox

sci-universe:

We actually have pictures that great of Mars, a planet about 225 million kilometers (140 million miles) away from us.
Image copyright: NASA

taliabobalia:

my ascent into adulthood

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