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An old fable may hold the key to our future
An old fable may hold the key to our future

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Nice bit of interdisciplinary research

UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research

WINNER

TEPO, CODES - ARC Centre of Excellence, University of Tasmania; Flinders University; Russian Academy of Science; and University of California

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYE8fM6elxY&feature=youtu.be
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Dissociative identity disorder (DID) - can this produce psychokinesis?

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual.

While this is an interesting disorder in its own right, there is something even more curious about DID that baffles the medical profession. Over the past 150 years, psychiatrists have recorded cases in which physiological conditions accompany different personalities in the same person. When the body switches personalities, its physiology also changes, with accompanying illnesses etc. which can’t normally be turned on and off in a body. These include the appearance of scars and welts, altered handwriting, epilepsy, changes in eye colour, allergies, colour blindness and different reactions to the same medication.

Daniel Goleman explored the research being done by psychiatrists in the late 1980s. One, Bennett Braun of the International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and a psychiatrist at Rush–Presbyterian St Luke's Medical Centre in Chicago, documented many such cases.

The question arises, is this a form of psychokinesis? As it appears to fit with the definition.


Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/dissociative-identity-disorder-multiple-personality-disorder

Braun, B. M.D., ‘Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder’, American Psychiatric Press, 1986, as referenced in Goleman, D. ‘Probing the Enigma of Multiple Personality’, The New York Times 25 June 1988, p. C1. http://www.nytimes.com/1988/06/28/science/probing-the-enigma-of-multiple-personality.html?pagewanted=1
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Scientific evidence building to suggest insects have consciousness. There are those, such as Wegner and Dennett, who suggest humans do not have consciousness and that it is an illusion.* Would it not be ironic if we came to the conclusion that insects have consciousness before we could determine if humans have it. Or perhaps not all humans have it…..? Could some insects be more sentient than some humans?
 
*Wegner, D. The Illusion of Conscious Will MIT Press, 01/09/2003  and Consciousness Explained is a 1991 book by the American philosopher and vocal atheist Daniel Dennett which offers an account of how consciousness is an illusion which arises from interaction of physical and cognitive processes in the brain.
 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-19/insects-may-have-evolved-consciousness-during-cambrian-period/7338032
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What’s it mean to be “creative?”
Says John Cleese, that’s an almost impossible question to answer. Or as he puts it, think of the sculptor who was asked how he made a beautiful statue of an elephant from a piece of marble.
“I just,” he answered, “cut away the bits that weren’t elephant.”
John Cleese Reveals How to Be More Creative
http://copywritersroundtable.com/finding-the-elephant/
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The 'paradox of unanimity' is an interesting phenomenon to consider when bringing together different perspectives to uncover a common truth. When everyone comes up with the same answer it is a sign that things can be too perfect. Some interesting work by Dr Abbott. 
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-23/reliability-of-witness-identification/7267380
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Interdisciplinary Complexity - "I think the next century will be the century of complexity". Stephen Hawking, (Complexity Diges/10t, 2001). 
‘Complexity science represents a growing body of interdisciplinary knowledge about the structure, behaviour and dynamics of change in a specific category of complex systems known as complex adaptive systems—open evolutionary systems in which the components are strongly interrelated, self-organizing and dynamic. …In recent years, scientists have identified many of the basic characteristics and principles by which complex physical, biological and social systems organize, operate and evolve, leading to important insights and research implications in almost every field. As a result, we are witnessing the integration of knowledge across disciplines and the emergence of new concepts, tools and a vocabulary of complex systems thinking.’ Irene Sanders Executive Director
Washington Center for Complexity & Public Policy

 
http://www.complexsys.org/downloads/whatiscomplexity.pdf
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