the neurobiological preconditions for the development of curiosity and creativity

Creative people often do not even know exactly how they become inspired and arrive at their brilliant ideas. Sometimes it seems that their ideas or achievements spring from “gut feelings“ or from “deep down in the heart.“ Strangely enough, we are most creative under conditions, which according to conventional wisdom are not appropriate for high perfor- mance brain activity: in a dreamy or half asleep state.

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Spontaneous Innovation for Future Deception in a Male Chimpanzee

Background
The ability to invent means to deceive others, where the deception lies in the perceptually or contextually detached future, appears to require the coordination of sophisticated cognitive skills toward a single goal. Meanwhile innovation for a current situation has been observed in a wide range of species. Planning, on the one hand, and the social cognition required for deception on the other, have been linked to one another, both from a co-evolutionary and a neuroanatomical perspective. Innovation and deception have also been suggested to be connected in their nature of relying on novelty.

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Plausibility and evidence: the case of homeopathy

Sweeping statements about the scientific impossibility of homeopathy are themselves unscientific: scientific statements must be precise and testable. There is growing evidence that homeopathic preparations can exert biological effects; due consideration of such research would reduce the influence of prior beliefs on the assessment of systematic review evidence.

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Study confirmed that homoeopathic potencies have therapeutic effects

The therapeutic effects of homoeopathic Arsenicum album potencies were investigated in-vitro, using a continuous cell line (MT4), pre-intoxicated with arsenic trioxide (As2O3), and then treated with succussed and unsuccussed homoeopathic potencies, 6CH, 30CH and 200CH.

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A chance for hyperactive children

The Attention deficit syndrome represents children, parents and teachers alike with great challenges. The conventional treatment is based on medications which have an influence on the psyche, but not without side effects.  All the more gratifying are the results obtained in a study of KIKOM, the collegial body for Complementary Medicine at the University of Bern. This study, conducted 2001-2005 after the double blind cross-over method demonstrates the effect of homeopathy in hyperactive children.

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