What is morality? Really, what is morality? Is there any inherently good or bad out there? Is it innate or learned? These questions have been keeping the philosophy of morality busy for a very long time. However, the relevance of the topic is not limited to the field of philosophy. We perceive, we feel, we think, and we act with our brain. Hence, we make … Continue reading Is morality coded in our brains?
Why this question is essentially equivalent to the mind-body problem and what we can learn about it from philosophy, machine learning and even mathematics. Continue reading Can we ever understand the brain?
Whether it’s the presence of an all-knowing being, a comforting origin story, or fables that tell us something about ourselves, humans seem to love religion! Can we figure out why? Continue reading Hard-Wired for Religion
Ever wondered what’s going on in the brain of [insert here your favorite artist/idol] while creating a masterpiece? How is it different from us, the envious commoners? When Neuroscience takes a glance at creative flow. Continue reading Go with the flow: Creativity and Improvisation
What Neuroscience has to say about mindfulness meditation Continue reading What’s all the fuss about meditation?
My body belongs to my self! How ownership illusions can deepen our understanding of self-consciousness. Continue reading Some Body I Call My Self
Some units in the brain are highly specialized. Communication between them is the key for integrating information into our conscious perception. But what happens if such integration fails, and how can the consequences be misinterpreted. Continue reading Two Ghosts in the Machine
In December, researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice using a flashing light. What’s more, this might tell us something about what consciousness entails in the human brain, and what gamma waves may have to do with it. Continue reading I See the Light! Waving Hello to Consciousness
We consider wisdom to be the pinnacle of human cognition. So why does cognitive neuroscience have such a difficult time characterising what makes us wise? Continue reading No Neuroscience of Wisdom: Time to wise up?
As technology advances, we’re forced to ask ourselves whether we want moral decisions to be made by humans or algorithms. With the invention of autonomous cars, the “trolley dilemma” is up for discussion again. Is sacrificing one person to save five others the more moral option? Would your answer change if you were the ‘one’? Continue reading On Determining Whom to Kill: The Challenge of Moral Decision Making