Have you ever wanted to stimulate some part of your brain, only to be thwarted by that pesky skull ensconcing it? Don’t want to drill holes and implant electrodes? Well lucky it’s the 21st century so now you don’t have to. Let’s take a dive into the weird science of transcranial magnetic stimulation. AdvertisementsRead More Zap Your Brain with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Content warning: unapologetically first-person perspective; smattering of objective stuff at the end. My friend and I were sitting in the hippie-vibes foyer sipping water from tiny ceramic mugs. Dream catchers dangled across from us and ambient New Age music was subtly setting the mood. A guy with damp hair emerged from a corridor, having just completed his first […]Read More First Impressions of a Sensory Deprivation Tank
If you want to skip all the rambly introduction stuff and just get to the list, scroll right on down to section 3. 1. Your brain on fiction Believe it or not, reading fiction is a super beneficial activity, and doesn’t get anywhere near the credit it deserves. It may come as no surprise that readers of fiction have superior vocabularies, but […]Read More Top Novels of the 20th Century: the Internet’s Foxiest Guide Yet
A couple of weeks back I took part in Oaktree’s Live Below the Line fundraising campaign. If you’re not familiar with Oaktree, they’re an Australian nonprofit organisation with the mission of eliminating poverty in South-East Asia. Live Below the Line (LBL) challenges participants to get through five days spending no more than AU$2 per day on all their food, mimicking life at the extreme poverty […]Read More Five Days of Water Fasting
A couple of months back I shipped off to a leafy retreat to spend ten days in silence doing pretty much nothing but meditate. It sucked. It was magical. Here’s how it all went down. Day 0: First impressions The girls and boys stood in separate lines. This is as close as the genders would get for the duration of the retreat, a helpful policy for the easily distracted […]Read More The Vipassana Diaries
Over the past few years a slew of news outlets have been singing the cognitive benefits of learning to juggle. If one is to believe the hype, this ancient circus activity will increase your brain power, make your brain bigger (permanently, no less), and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Dang. Can there be any truth to these heady claims, or is it another case of the media committing that most […]Read More The Neuroscience of Juggling
For some lucky people, existential dread is no problem. Either they have religion to give their life a sense of meaning, or they find satisfaction in some pursuit, maybe hedonism or creative expression or trying to take over the world. Or they just never think about it. For the rest of us though, oh the existential dread. The curse of modern life […]Read More A Handy Guide to the Meaning of Life
It’s a fact universally acknowledged that physical fitness can be trained, and that this is a healthy and clever thing to do. What is less often considered is that mental fitness can also be trained. And luckily for us, we live in an age when we have the science to point us in the right direction! Before we dive into the following techniques, it’s […]Read More How to Improve your Crappy Memory – With Evidence!
My mum likes to remind me how, as a little kid, I cried in the movie Bambi when Bambi’s mother gets killed by the hunter. Looking back, it feels like it may have been one of my most salient developmental moments. Bambi was a kid just like me, a massive mummy’s boy just like me, and […]Read More Pixar’s Inside Out: children’s films, moral psychology and neurospirituality
Well, maybe not your *favourite* drugs, depending what you’re into. But it’s true: the existence of many of the most popular drugs on the planet can be traced directly back to insects. This includes nicotine, cocaine, possibly cannabis (with a fuzzy asterisk), and of course the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world: caffeine. Coffee is the second […]Read More All Your Favourite Drugs Exist Thanks To… Insects?