Nathan McGee knows a thing or two about bending his mind. Having suffered from PTSD since early childhood, he entered clinical trials in his 40s to see if MDMA could help him. The result was nothing short of change. “I see life as something to be explored and appreciated,” she told Charlotte G in an in-depth interview about her experience.
Similarly, for those of us who are experiencing epidemic fatigue, there is some good news for Dana Smith: our brains definitely took a hit when we were at a social distance and forgot ourselves. Will go Just give it time.
As Neil Patel tells us, it can be fun to mess with our heads. He writes about his abilities that he developed in his youth: Enlightenment. The science behind it is still being worked on, but it is proving to be useful in opening up people’s creativity and helping them deal with fear and painful memories.
It probably happens in dreams where the power of our minds controls what we think is “real”. In a series of three exciting new books on human perception, author Matthew Hutson quotes one author as saying: “You could even say that we are always deceived. Agree, that’s what we call reality. “
There is still the question of what it means to come to consciousness. For a long time, we humans have held the view that we are just conscious animals. This is one of the many misconceptions about the brain that David Robson and David Bishop put the lie in the form of a comic strip. Not only is consciousness difficult to define, but it has been extremely difficult to measure. People still have a consciousness meter to detect it, as Russia has found out.
Consciousness in silicon form is on Will Douglas Haven’s mind these days. He wonders if we would know him if we succeeded in building a consciousness machine. Dan Fox asks researchers if they think the brain is a computer. And Emily Mullen took a look at two multibillion-dollar attempts to study the human brain in unprecedented detail, one of which involved attempting to duplicate from the beginning.
No problem in the mind would be complete without a chance to look at the gray matter completely, and our disturbing photo article has the mental qualities that document the library of spoiled specimens. If that’s too much, zoom into our infographic showing what happens in Tate Ryan Moseley’s mind when she sees her boyfriend’s face. And finally, we’ve added a really rare treat: a selection of poetry by our news editor, Niall Firth. There is a guarantee that you will connect your neurons to a new way of looking at what we call “reality.”