Me in my home office in March 2021 with Amelia, the time machine in my closet. Photo by my husband Brooks Palmer.

A playfully serious guide to surviving time travel technology in the coming era

It was 1979, I was a precocious 10 year-old, and I was in love with Lewis Carroll’s Symbolic Logic and the Game of Logic; a purple-and-green paperback my parents had left lying around. These were actually two books bound as one. You could read one book at the front, and when you got stuck on a problem, you could read the other book at the back. By the time you came back to the book at the front, your earlier problem would be solved. Though I remember…

Let’s not ignore the need for self-transcendence in the U.S. any longer

In a recent brief article some behavioral scientists point out that despite the real and lasting damage groups like QAnon and WallStreetBets have caused, the people participating in these movements are motivated by two very human needs — affiliation (with its dark side, groupthink) and rebellion against perceived threats to improve perceived safety (with its dark side, paranoia). I think these scientists may be missing an important piece of the puzzle. It’s the human need for self-transcendence that actually has the motivational power to drive this kind of disruption. …

— Edgar Mitchell, US Navy Officer, pilot of Apollo 14

clouds in cup
clouds in cup
Art by RHADS

by Julia Mossbridge, PhD with John Vivanco

For hundreds of years, scientists, engineers, and mathematicians have quietly used intuition to help them be creative and make discoveries. But intuition does not belong only to one type of person. Intuition is our birthright as human beings. Based on the idea that intuition may be able to save us when it seems nothing else can, scientists and intuitives have been working together to discover whether intuition can save the planet. This is our story.

As so often happens with offbeat projects in the world of weird science, this one began when a…

A UFO explainer for the busy but curious, with co-author John Vivanco

Original photo by Michael Herren on Unsplash

Recently you may have noticed that UFOs are being publicly discussed by high-profile members of the U.S. government and armed forces, out loud (see here, here and here). We’ve noticed it too. We study another controversial topic with a long-standing taboo in our country — psychic abilities. So we know a bit about what it’s like to spend decades studying something, doing careful work to examine the evidence, reporting that evidence, and not having the work taken seriously. …

An evidence-based intervention

Julia Mossbridge, PhD & Laura Nissen, PhD

You can listen to the 7-minute audio meditation with Dr. Michael Sapiro here.

Hope is not a luxury, but right now we are treating it as one. Whether it’s COVID-19, the widening income gap, apparent increases in racism and sexism or global climate change, there seem to be two common approaches to the future: assume we are all doomed no matter what we do or assume things will return to normalcy without changing a thing. Neither of these approaches is particularly hopeful, and neither motivates helpful actions. …

Tech is driving a quiet but quickening scientific revolution

The trailer for Gwyneth Paltrow’s show The Goop Lab, launched January 24 on Netflix, tantalizes the audience with promises to explore “out-there” topics like exorcisms and orgasms. In case you’ve never heard of the “yoni” egg suit, Paltrow’s tech startup Goop is famous for their jade vagina egg that resulted in a civil fine because there was no scientific evidence to support the claim it supported women’s health. Exorcisms and orgasms will happen without scientific evidence for their usefulness, but what about some of The Goop Lab’s topics like mediumship, psychedelics, energy healing, and psychics?

Would you be more surprised…

Creating Loving Robots.

Last week, I returned from performing an experiment in Hong Kong that seems to have blown away all my professional skepticism about whether robots can evoke love in humans.

Love in itself — specifically, experiencing the power of unconditional love — has become a priority in the last year, ever since some donors approached me with seed funding to create a series of projects devoted to the power of unconditional love. Unconditional love is such a simple idea — loving without strings attached — and yet it feels out of reach for most of us. Unless you’re a parent, your…

Julia Mossbridge, PhD

Affiliate Prof., Dept. of Physics and Biophysics at U. San Diego; Founder, The Institute for Love and Time (TILT); Fellow, Institute of Noetic Sciences

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