You have a brain that makes you think that you think.
And it’s a pretty messed up trick, but the lies we tell ourselves may be more important than we realize. Experiments have shown that our brains are constantly deceiving us, almost every second of the day. We can’t totally trust our memory, our perception differs constantly on all kinds of levels, we make up reasons why we believe what we think… meanwhile we don’t even know what consciousness is exactly, but we buy every bit of it.
I freely admit, I was not interested in perception, illusion, memory or attention studies prior to realizing it’s all a form of self-deception. The obvious question then is why do we lie to ourselves? In a recent chat with my new lab director, we touched on some evolutionary reasons that sound like a good starting point, as ya do when you have such questions.
So for the next couple of weeks, in hopes of coming up with an experiment:
I’ll be looking at this 3 pound blob of gooey jello-like mass of tissue….a things that is truly ours, makes us who we are, possibly the seed of our soul and I’ll be asking why it lies to us and how can I manipulate that.
Two fossil skeletons of early humans appear to mark a halfway stage between primitive “ape-men” and our direct ancestors. A year of detailed study has revealed that the skeletons are a hodgepodge of anatomical features: some bones look almost human while others are chimpanzee-like.
Fifty New Exoplanets Discovered
Astronomers using ESO’s exoplanet hunter HARPS at La Silla Observatory in Chile have today announced a rich haul of more than 50 new exoplanets, including 16 super-Earths. This is the largest number of such planets ever announced at one time.
By studying the properties of all the HARPS planets found so far, the team have now improved the estimate of how likely it is that a star like the Sun is host to low-mass planets (as opposed to gaseous giants). They find that about 40% of such stars have at least one planet less massive than Saturn. The majority of exoplanets of Neptune mass or less appear to be in systems with multiple planets.
One of the recently announced newly discovered planets, HD 85512 b, is estimated to be only 3.6 times the mass of the Earth and is located at the edge of the habitable zone — a narrow zone around a star where liquid water, and perhaps even life, could potentially exist.
These results make astronomers confident that they are close to discovering other small rocky habitable planets around stars similar to our Sun. In the coming ten to twenty years we should have the first list of potentially habitable planets in the Sun’s neighbourhood.
Image: Artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the Sun-like star HD 85512 in the southern constellation of Vela.