ancient_glory_by_spiralhorizon-d85utmx-feature Monster of the Week: The Nonmen of Eärwa

Long before barbaric tribes ventured into Northern Eärwa, the Nonmen battled for the survival of their own advanced and waning civilization. Known to themselves as  ji’cûnû roi or “the People of Dawn,” the Nonmen proved culturally, psychologically and biologically distinct from

Who can know the mind of a corvid? | Image credit: Sabrina Bekeschus Monteiro / EyeEm / Getty Images Avian Intellects: Interview with Dr. Onur Güntürkün

In our recent podcast episode “The Unsettling Depths of Bird Intelligence,” Robert and I discussed the mounting evidence that birds — especially parrots and corvids — are much smarter than previously thought. In some cases, they appear to display intelligent

CouncilofSelves-featured Welcome to the Council of Selves

If you’re a long-time Stuff to Blow Your Mind listener, then you’ve probably noticed a recurring theme on our journey: the damnably elusive self. Humans have a knack for spinning their own stories around the swelling mass of their own

ancientofdays-feature Is God conscious? Is God aware?

“Deep in each man is the knowledge that something knows of his existence. Something knows, and cannot be fled nor hid from.” ―Cormac McCarthy, “The Crossing” I love that quote because it cuts right to heart of attention schema theory

asianeyes-feature What can Asian eyes teach WEIRD populations?

Let’s talk about WEIRD populations. No, I’m not talking about your everyday weirdo on the street. I’m talking about western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic (WEIRD) segments of the global population. The vast majority of our psychology and nonscientific understanding stems

shadowpeople-feature Monster of the Week: Shadow People

Have you seen the shadow people? They creep into our world from the peripheral darkness, often with the malicious intent. For ages, their origins were shrouded in mystery. Some believed they hailed from the immaterial Plane of Shadow, an alien

VRmemory-feature Third-Person VR Linked to Reduced Memory

Gamers, which gaming experiences do you remember more clearly? Third-person games in which you follow your avatar around or first-person games in which you inhabit the body of your character? A new study out of Sweden shines some interesting light

braineyes-feature Your Brain Sees More Than it Cares to Share

You’re familiar with the mind-body problem. There’s the meaty brain inside our skulls and then there’s the conundrum of consciousness we experience every day. And the more we study the physical brain, the more we realize how much goes on

psychopatheyes-feature New Study Peeks Inside the Psychopathic Brain

Whether you get your information from slash films or abnormal psychology texts, you probably know the skinny on psychopaths. Their brains are different than (presumably) yours and mine. While we can’t help but feel a portion of the pain we

Idris Elba, Rob Kazinsky and director Guillermo Del Toro on the set of "Pacific Rim."
(Photo by Kerry Hayes) Melded Minds Control Robots in ‘Pacific Rim’

Guillermo del Toro never fails to create an imaginative, breathtaking world in his pictures — and his upcoming giant monster flick “Pacific Rim” promises to continue this trend. Now I’m a long-time Godzilla/Gamera fan, so naturally he had me at

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