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“Tasting” Yellow, “Hearing” Orange

While exploring tide pools with her husband, Carol Steen jumped from a rock and tore a ligament in her knee. “At the point of impact, everything I saw suddenly became orange,” she recalls. “My husband was orange. The waves were dark orange, and the sand was light orange.” For Steen, orange is the color of pain. She has synesthesia, a condition in which the senses are cross-wired. […]

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Time in a Bottle: The Mystery of Déjà Vu

You’ve probably recently had a moment wherein you’ve stopped and realized that, in some subtle detail, it all seems familiar: the same person waiting in line for coffee, wearing the same shirt, or the same car passing you on the way to work every morning. What’s happening? Many claim they’re having a moment that the English language doesn’t quite have a word for. […]

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It’s All In Your Mind?

In the 17th century, something amazing happened in western medicine: Anton van Leeuwenhoek of Holland invented the microscope and discovered the biological nature of disease. Once a scientific basis for illness had been identified, the effectiveness of treatments could be observed and measured for the first time. […]

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Predicting the Future: The Science of Psi, Part One

The subfield of science that seeks to gather empirical evidence regarding psychic ability (as well as other paranormal events, such as telepathy and telekinesis) is known as parapsychology. It’s an esoteric study often automatically met with doubt and disregard by scientists in other fields. However, an exploration of the evidence suggests that it may be worth taking a second look. […]