Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy | Big Think #parenthood #happiness

“KEVIN DICKINSON – 17 December, 2018 Folk knowledge assumes having children is the key to living a happy, meaningful life; however, empirical evidence suggests nonparents are the more cheery bunch. The difference is most pronounced in countries like the United States. In countries that support pro-family policies, parents can be just as happy as their … More Decades of data suggest parenthood makes people unhappy | Big Think #parenthood #happiness

Chinese scientists insert human brain gene into monkeys | CBS News

“JASON SILVERSTEIN – APRIL 25, 2019 Scientists in China may have created a new kind of monkey — and with it, a big ethical dilemma. Researchers inserted a human brain gene into monkeys, in an experiment with the potential to cross the wires of human and animal intelligence. A study published last month in Beijing’s National Science … More Chinese scientists insert human brain gene into monkeys | CBS News

Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains | nature.com #neuroscience #genderedbrain #culture #genderbias

“Lise Eliot – 27 FEB 2019, CORRECTION 06 MARCH 2019 The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience That Shatters The Myth Of The Female Brain Gina Rippon The Bodley Head (2019) Early in The Gendered Brain, cognitive neuroscientist Gina Rippon describes one of the myriad brain studies heralded as ‘finally’ explaining the difference between men and women. It was … More Neurosexism: the myth that men and women have different brains | nature.com #neuroscience #genderedbrain #culture #genderbias

An Animated Introduction to Ludwig #Wittgenstein & His Philosophical Insights on the Problems of Human #Communication | Open Culture 

“In the recorded history of philosophy, there may be no sharper a mind than Ludwig Wittgenstein. A bête noire, enfant terrible, and all other such phrases used to describe affronts to order and decorum, Wittgenstein also represented an anarchic force that disturbed the staid discipline. His teacher Bertrand Russell recognized the existential threat Wittgenstein posed to his profession … More An Animated Introduction to Ludwig #Wittgenstein & His Philosophical Insights on the Problems of Human #Communication | Open Culture 

Why language might be the optimal self-regulating system | Aeon Essays #systemdynamics #language 

“By Lane Greene; 6Dec2018. Decades before the rise of social media, polarisation plagued discussions about language. By and large, it still does. Everyone who cares about the topic is officially required to take one of two stances. Either you smugly preen about the mistakes you find abhorrent – this makes you a so-called prescriptivist – or … More Why language might be the optimal self-regulating system | Aeon Essays #systemdynamics #language 

Resiste al algoritmo, sal de la burbuja | Tendencias | EL PAÍS Retina #burbujainformativa #Facebook #Twitter #desinformación 

“Lo que tú crees que “todo el mundo dice” en las redes sociales solo se dice en tu muro. Un oscuro algoritmo construye un relato de la opinión pública distorsionado específicamente para ti. No es solo lo que eliges seguir, que eso ya te delata. Es que el robot te sugiere contenidos y perfiles, te … More Resiste al algoritmo, sal de la burbuja | Tendencias | EL PAÍS Retina #burbujainformativa #Facebook #Twitter #desinformación 

Scientists find “evidence” of a multidimensional #universe INSIDE our #brain

An exciting discovery has been made by scientists as they have uncovered that the human brain contains structures and shapes that may have up to eleven dimensions.  Neuroscientists welcome the findings saying: “We have found a world that we had never imagined before.” With the help of Mathematical methods of algebraic topology, scientists have fond structures and multidimensional … More Scientists find “evidence” of a multidimensional #universe INSIDE our #brain

It’s better to be born rich than gifted | The Washington Post  #inequality #capitalism #education

“A revolution in genomics is creeping into economics. It allows us to say something we might have suspected, but could never confirm: money trumps genes. Using one new, genome-based measure, economists found genetic endowments are distributed almost equally among children in low-income and high-income families. Success is not. The least-gifted children of high-income parents graduate … More It’s better to be born rich than gifted | The Washington Post  #inequality #capitalism #education

Panpsychism: The idea that everything from spoons to stones are conscious is gaining academic credibility — Quartz

“Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter. This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue to fail, the “panpsychist” view is increasingly being taken seriously by credible philosophers, neuroscientists, … More Panpsychism: The idea that everything from spoons to stones are conscious is gaining academic credibility — Quartz

Why willpower is overrated | Vox #selfcontrol #autocontrol #FelizMartes

“People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy. But why? For a long time, the thinking was that these people are good at inhibiting their impulses. That they … More Why willpower is overrated | Vox #selfcontrol #autocontrol #FelizMartes

20+ Science Facts We Didn’t Know at The Start of 2017 | sciencealert.com

“1. The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, scientists were able to photograph a collision between two neutron stars. By conducting simultaneous optical and gravitational wave observations, they were able to accurately measure the speed of gravity for the first time. 2. A brand new human organ … More 20+ Science Facts We Didn’t Know at The Start of 2017 | sciencealert.com

Los humanos éramos cuatro especies que se aparearon entre sí | abc.es

“Cuanto más se sabe sobre la cronología evolutiva del linaje humano, más se aparta la realidad del clásico dibujo que muestra una fila india de homínidos caminando mientras se yerguen y pierden el vello hasta llegar a un sapiens lampiño. En el Pleistoceno tardío, Eurasia estaba habitada por al menos cuatro especies humanas diferentes: sapiens, neandertales, … More Los humanos éramos cuatro especies que se aparearon entre sí | abc.es

Why human society isn’t more—or less—violent than in the past | Science | AAAS

“Are people in big, modern societies more or less violent than our forebears? The answer is neither, according to a controversial new study: People who lived in small bands in the past had no more proclivity toward violence than we do today. The finding—based on estimates of war casualties throughout history—undercuts the popular argument that … More Why human society isn’t more—or less—violent than in the past | Science | AAAS

How Norway Proves Laissez-faire Economics Is Not Just Wrong, It’s Toxic. – Evonomics

“Life consists of units within units. In the biological world, we have genes, individuals, groups, species, and ecosystems – all nested within the biosphere. In the human world, we have genes, individuals, families, villages and cities, provinces, and nations – all nested within the global village. In both worlds, a problem lurks at every rung … More How Norway Proves Laissez-faire Economics Is Not Just Wrong, It’s Toxic. – Evonomics

Descubiertas las células que inician la metástasis del cáncer | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

“Metástasis es una palabra que provoca miedo porque en el 90% de los casos de muerte por cáncer se ha producido este proceso. Pero la mestástasis, por la que unas pocas células se desprenden del tumor y provocan otros en distintas partes del cuerpo, está más cerca de ser comprendido, al menos, en sus inicios. … More Descubiertas las células que inician la metástasis del cáncer | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history? | Inequality | The Guardian

“Inequality goes back to the Stone Age. Thirty thousand years ago, bands of hunter-gatherers in Russia buried some members in sumptuous graves replete with thousands of ivory beads, bracelets, jewels and art objects, while other members had to settle for a bare hole in the ground. Nevertheless, ancient hunter-gatherer groups were still more egalitarian than any … More Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history? | Inequality | The Guardian

The Human Brain Builds Structures in 11 Dimensions, Discover Scientists | Big Think

“The brain continues to surprise us with its magnificent complexity. Groundbreaking research that combines neuroscience with math tells us that our brain creates neural structures with up to 11 dimensions when it processes information. By “dimensions,” they mean abstract mathematical spaces, not other physical realms. Still, the researchers “found a world that we had never imagined,” said Henry Markram, director … More The Human Brain Builds Structures in 11 Dimensions, Discover Scientists | Big Think

Here’s why men die earlier than women – Business Insider

“Women experience higher stress, more chronic disease, more depression, more anxiety and are more likely to be victims of violence. Women earn less than men, and in many countries they don’t have the same human rights as men. Despite the social inequality women experience, they live longer than men. This is the case without a … More Here’s why men die earlier than women – Business Insider

Una revisión de 350 estudios descarta efectos nocivos de las radiofrecuencias sobre la salud | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

“Un grupo de 72 personas participó el año pasado en una inmensa farsa sin saberlo. La mitad de ellas se autodeclaraban “electrosensibles”. Presentaban una catarata de síntomas inespecíficos, como fatiga, vértigo y náuseas, que atribuían a los campos electromagnéticos producidos por los sistemas wifi, los teléfonos móviles, las pantallas de ordenador y otras tecnologías de … More Una revisión de 350 estudios descarta efectos nocivos de las radiofrecuencias sobre la salud | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

Intuition Is The Highest Form Of Intelligence | Forbes.com

“Intuition, argues Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is less about suddenly “knowing” the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded. Gigerenzer, author of the book Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, says that he is both intuitive and rational. … More Intuition Is The Highest Form Of Intelligence | Forbes.com

MIT claims to have found a “language universal” that ties all languages together | Ars Technica UK

“Language takes an astonishing variety of forms across the world—to such a huge extent that a long-standing debate rages around the question of whether all languages have even a single property in common. Well, there’s a new candidate for the elusive title of “language universal” according to a paper in this week’s issue of PNAS. All … More MIT claims to have found a “language universal” that ties all languages together | Ars Technica UK