The feasibility of mind uploading rests on three core assumptions. How plausible is each one, really?
Your brains can perceive some electromagnetic waves – but not without your body’s help.
There’s so much to process in our daily lives, we need habits to get us through and give the brain a break.
Your thoughts, emotions and behaviours arise from the complex network of electric activity in your brain. But what can we do when we need to tweak it?
The way human brains develop is special – but not quite as special as you’d like to think, if we consider Neanderthals as well.
Just months after the end of the second world war, the longest running study of health over the human life course in the world began – and it’s still going.
Socially isolated people have poorer cognition, including in memory and reaction time.
Human brains seem to be wired differently to those of chimps or macaques.
The claim that our brain size limits us to 150 meaningful friendships has been challenged by a recent paper.
Rather than distinctly male or female, the human brain is much more like the heart, kidneys and lungs – basically the same no matter the sex of the body it’s in.
Our biggest evolutionary advantages are an ability to walk on two legs and our big brains.
Where we would be without our brains? But think about it. How do they work?
Atheists may think more analytically than religious people, but it is far from proven.
The mystery of how the brain creates consciousness still puzzles scientists, but the mechanics of waking up are starting to be understood.
Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.
Decades of research have shown that the brain does not yield its secrets easily.
Journalists use real people’s stories to ‘humanize’ the news. But these tales – whether harrowing or heartwarming – can be misleading about the pandemic’s greatest threats.
Attempts to find brain structures responsible for supposed cognitive sex differences have not succeeded.
Many scientific concepts, including bushfires and climate change, happen at scales outside human perception. So how can we ever understand them?
Current research suggest it can be both helpful and harmful to memory – here’s why.