Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Cooking, Fire and Human Evolution

Cooking, Fire and Human Evolution
Did Learning to Cook Push Our Ancestors Toward Modernity? // Intriguing evidence shows that cooking may have been the spark that set human evolution blazing toward higher intelligence and civilization. It has long been a fascinating puzzle to scientists: Why did our apelike ancestors come...
July 26th, 2010 | Evolution | Read More

A Ladies’ Man and Shameless

A Ladies’ Man and Shameless
Das ewig weibliche zieht uns hinan. The eternally feminine leads us forward. – Goethe He who binds himself to a joy does the winged life destroy, But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity’s sunrise. – William Blake Only connect. – E. M. Forster I‘m finally...
July 13th, 2010 | Social Insight | Read More

Mutation in key gene allows Tibetans to thrive

Mutation in key gene allows Tibetans to thrive
The gene mutation that enables people to thrive at high altitudes is much more common in Tibetans than Han Chinese and may represent the strongest instance of natural selection ever documented in a human population. From the Guardian, by Cian O’Luanaigh A gene that controls red blood cell production...
July 5th, 2010 | Evolution | Read More

Vegetarian Brains

Vegetarian Brains
Vegetarians are more intelligent, says study Posted by Tino Verducci from The Future is Vegan Frequently dismissed as cranks, their fussy eating habits tend to make them unpopular with dinner party hosts and guests alike. But now it seems they may have the last laugh, with research showing vegetarians...
June 30th, 2010 | Health & Happiness | Read More

That’s one Miraculous Conception

That’s one Miraculous Conception
Its not Immaculate, but its certainly miraculous… Oral conception. Impregnation via the proximal gastrointestinal tract in a patient with an aplastic distal vagina. Case report. [Ed. note: There is no abstract, so we're including most of the original article below. It's a bit long, but trust us--it's...
June 3rd, 2010 | Health & Happiness | Read More

Brain’s Master Switch Is Verified

Brain’s Master Switch Is Verified
The protein that has long been suspected by scientists of being the master switch allowing brains to function has now been verified by an Iowa State University researcher. Yeon-Kyun Shin, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology at ISU, has shown that the protein called synaptotagmin1...
June 1st, 2010 | Science of the Mind | Read More

Do we live in a Multiverse?

Do we live in a Multiverse?
WHEN cosmologist George Ellis turned 70 last year, his friends held a party to celebrate. There were speeches and drinks and canapés aplenty to honour the theorist from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on general relativity. But there...
April 12th, 2010 | Big Ideas | Read More

The Science of Morality

The Science of Morality
Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can — and should — be an authority on moral issues, shaping human values and setting out what constitutes a good life.
April 8th, 2010 | Health & Happiness | Read More

Entangled

Entangled
Time is not what it seems… When a drug overdose causes Leoni, a troubled teen from twenty-first-century Los Angeles, to have a near-death experience, her soul is lifted from the modern world and flung into a parallel time 24,000 years in the past. There her fate becomes entangled with that of Ria,...
April 8th, 2010 | Arts | Read More

Have we cracked the DMT Puzzle?

Have we cracked the DMT Puzzle?
James Kent attempts to tie a knot in the meme of autonomous elves and other DMT entities. “Snippets of the Psyche” revealed in DMT space, by James Kent The comments in this article are adapted from Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, by James Kent. The following...
April 7th, 2010 | Altered States | Read More