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      June 3, 2019Cognition

      Free Will Is Real

      Philosopher Christian List argues against reductionism and determinism in accounts of the mind...
      May 1, 2015Cognition

      Think of Consciousness as Art Created by the Brain

      Our subjective experience of the world may be better explained as art than as illusion
      May 1, 2014Neuroscience

      How Doctors Peer into the Minds of Vegetative Patients

      Communicating with patients who appear to lack consciousness is becoming a reality
      February 4, 2009The Sciences

      The Naked Singularity Meets Social Media

      Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie talks about the content of the February issue, including naked singularities and the greenhouse hamburger. N.Y.U. journalism professor Jay Rosen discusses social media...
      August 1, 1950Health

      The Paralytic Plague

      The virus that causes the symptoms of poliomyelitis has a subtle relationship with man. Not all of its hosts are sick, which explains some curious aspects of its behavior
      May 1, 2019Neuroscience

      The Roots of Human Aggression

      Experiments in humans and animals have started to identify how violent behaviors begin in the brain
      May 12, 2016Space & Physics

      Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture

      Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016) 
      Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture
      November 7, 1914The Sciences

      Letters from the Firing Line- Tricks of Warfare - November 7, 1914

      By Aide de Camp Xavier Sager, Special Correspondent of the Scientific American at the Front
      September 2, 1893The Sciences

      The End of Our World

      August 11, 1917The Sciences

      A Place for Everything

      The Problem of Supplies and How It Is Being Handled by the Storage Committee
      "The supply divisions are vital to any military success."
      November 17, 1894The Sciences

      Alcohol and Happiness

      July 27, 1861The Sciences

      Correspondence - July 27, 1861

      November 1, 1933Health

      How Much Poison Can We Eat?

      January 1, 2014Biology

      Adults Can Have ADHD, Too

      Newly recognized, adult ADHD threatens the success and well-being of 4 percent of adults. A combination of treatments can help the afflicted lead a more productive life
      November 6, 2012

      What's So Special about Mirror Neurons?

      In the early 1990s, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Parma made a surprising discovery: Certain groups of neurons in the brains of macaque monkeys fired not only when a monkey performed an action – grabbing an apple out of a box, for instance – but also when the monkey watched someone else performing that action; and even when the monkey heard someone performing the action in another room.In short, even though these “mirror neurons” were part of the brain's motor system, they seemed to be correlated not with specific movements, but with specific goals.Over the next few decades, this “action understanding” theory of mirror neurons blossomed into a wide range of promising speculations...
      March 1, 1982The Sciences

      Books, March 1982

      The banality of I.Q., the domestication of animals and a definition of physics
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