For thousands of years, philosophers, poets, mystics, and ordinary people have wondered about human experience: What is the nature of, and what causes, all those sensations, thoughts, feelings, desires, and sense of “me?”
Building on that foundation, the modern sciences of psychology and neurology have been slowly but surely establishing a body of knowledge about the mind and its relationship to the brain and the body.
This emerging “science of mind” is in its infancy, particularly when compared to scientific fields such as astronomy or chemistry, and a certain humility is called for.
That said, these are very exciting times, since enough information has emerged to begin connecting some of the major dots, shedding real light on questions like these:
I’ve been collecting resources to help answer these questions, including:
- Easily understandable, basic information about the nervous system
- Interesting and recent news articles about the brain, psychology, and the science of well-being, mindfulness, and meditation
- Key scientific papers that are available in the public domain
- Links to high-quality organizations, research programs, and scholars