What is Life? An answer from the first-person perspective

By marco-masi | January 16, 2023 |

Since the times of Plato and Aristotle, philosophers and scientists have questioned the nature of life. Is organic matter different from non-living one? Can life be explained away only with the laws of physics and chemistry, or does a vital force, what French philosopher Henri Bergson called the “élan vital”, determine the difference between living…

Mind-Brain Identity? Obvious Fact or Logical Fallacy?

By marco-masi | August 17, 2022 |

One of the most typical unaware premises with which also professional neurologists and philosophers of mind work is what I call the ‘mind-brain-function fallacy’, and from which they jump to the conclusion of what is called the ‘mind-brain identity.’ It can be summarized as follows: since an impairment to our brain structure leads to cognitive…

AlphaFold Predicts The Structure of Almost Every Protein? Not exactly…

By marco-masi | August 11, 2022 |

Last month, Google announced that its DeepMind AI program AlphaFold can ‘predict’ all the 200 million protein structures from 1 million species. This is, indeed, an impressive achievement. In a sense, I consider it an example of what AI really could be useful for: Not so much to create humanoids or sci-fi conscious computers, but…

Why are so many people antiscience?

By marco-masi | July 23, 2022 |

In this paper we are informed why people don’t trust science, and what can be done about it. I’m not going to make the summary of it here, and that you can read in this article. While one can’t disagree with the anti-science factors of distrust that the authors of the article point out, here…

And then we wonder why people don’t trust science?

By marco-masi | July 23, 2022 |

A new study shows that there is no evidence for depression being caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain. “For three decades, people have been deluged with information suggesting that depression is caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain—namely an imbalance of a brain chemical called serotonin. However, our latest research review shows…

Ukraine: how did the world get here?

By marco-masi | February 25, 2022 |

Those who know me, know that almost 20 years ago I started running a blog (in Italian) about the Russian-Chechen conflict. I narrated for seven years the horror of the conflict in Chechnya, from July 2003 to August 2010. Not only to draw attention to the conflict but because I considered it the litmus test…

Diagnosing the teleological disease

By marco-masi | February 10, 2022 |

In a Wiley Journal for science teacher education, Tim Hartelt et al. illumines us about “Teachers’ ability to diagnose and deal with alternative student conceptions of evolution” (the original article you can read here, and a summary here). What this article is about, is essentially a description of how evolution is taught in the classrooms…

“Spirit calls Nature” published!

By marco-masi | September 27, 2021 |

The book “Spirit calls Nature” is ready and online! This was the most intellectually challenging work and research of my life, but it was definitely worth the effort. Modesty aside (I know that it sounds a bit arrogant but allow me that…), considering how pseudo-sciences and quantum woo-woo on the one hand and a pervasive…

Why do we sleep?

By marco-masi | September 17, 2021 |

People are usually surprised to know that, despite decades of research, science has no clear answer to the above question. The real function and evolutionary origin of sleep remain a mystery. Here I would like to offer two perspectives. The scientific and the spiritual ones are not mutually exclusive but might well complement each other (even though…

Randomness and unguided evolution in a clockwork universe

By marco-masi | August 14, 2021 |

Think about how we instinctively connect randomness to a property inherent in a process, while it is, instead, a relative concept: What appears to be totally random in some experimental setup might well turn out to be predictable in another one (or for someone else). For example, contrary to common belief, tossing a dice is…

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