How to Control People’s Minds

Below is my response to a question someone asked on a forum about psychic mind control. Since this is such a common question, I decided to curate my explanation of how to it could be done. Yes, it is possible for someone to take control of your brain. Because of the moral and ethical contexts around that along with the fear it conjures up in people’s heads, it is normally hard to get a straight response if you asks people or go looking for how to do it. I don’t believe in censorship, so if you asks me how to Read More

Your Brain as Math: Part 1

In order to dive deeper into an exciting topic, we’re mixing up the format. Over the next three days, we’ll spend the next three episodes exploring an incredible application of seemingly purely-abstract mathematics: how algebraic topology can help us decode the connections among neurons in our brains, to help us understand their function.

Simplicial Complexes: Part 2

Last episode we saw that your neural network can be modeled as a graph, which — we’ll show in this episode — can be viewed as a higher-dimensional simplicial complex. So… what is a simplicial complex??

Your Mind Is Eight-Dimensional: Part 3

Last episode, we learned that your brain can be modeled as a simplicial complex. And algebraic topology can tell us the Betti numbers of that simplicial complex. Why is that helpful? Let’s find out.

ESP and Psychokinesis: A Philosophical Examination (Revised Edition)

This work was the first sustained philosophical study of psychic phenomena to follow C.D. Broad’s LECTURES ON PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, written nearly twenty years earlier. The author clearly defines the categories of psychic phenomena, surveys the most compelling experimental data, and traces their implications for the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind. He considers carefully the abstract presuppositions underlying leading theories of psychic phenomena, and he offers bold criticisms of both mechanistic analyses of communication and psychophysical identity theories.

StarTalk at BAM – Science is Everywhere (Part 1)

Science really is everywhere. On this episode of StarTalk Radio, we bring you the first part of StarTalk at BAM – Science is Everywhere. Back in March, we had a great time at the Brooklyn Academy of Music highlighting the shows under the StarTalk Podcast Network banner. In Part 1, you’ll hear StarTalk Radio and StarTalk All-Stars. To start, Neil deGrasse Tyson is joined by comic co-host Chuck Nice and theoretical physicist and author Brian Greene to discuss the early universe. You’ll hear about the “Cosmic Dark Ages” and what we know about the first stars born in the universe. Read More

Cosmic Queries: Minds and Machines

“We must consider this question, can machines think?” Alan Turing asked that question many years ago, but these days that question is taking on a whole new dimension. On this episode of StarTalk Radio, Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Chuck Nice, and neuroscientist Gary Marcus answer fan-submitted Cosmic Queries on the intersection of minds and machines. You’ll learn what distinguishes the human mind from the minds of other mammals. Explore the mysteries of memory and the future of memory storage. You’ll also learn how humans have “context addressable memory” whereas computers have “location addressable memory.” Find out more about human Read More

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