The neuroscience and philosophy of evil | Figs In Winter – Medium #evil #empathy #sympathy #neuroscience #philosophy 

“Figs In Winter – 18Sep2019 How is it possible that human beings commit atrocities like the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide? Or torture people like the Spanish Inquisition did, and ISIS and similar groups still do today? That’s a question that has been debated in philosophy at least since the time of Socrates, who had … More The neuroscience and philosophy of evil | Figs In Winter – Medium #evil #empathy #sympathy #neuroscience #philosophy 

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

End to Aids in sight as huge study finds drugs stop HIV transmission | Society | The Guardian

“Sarah Boseley and Hannah Devlin – 2 May 2019 An end to the Aids epidemic could be in sight after a landmark study found men whose HIV infection was fully suppressed by antiretroviral drugs had no chance of infecting their partner. The success of the medicine means that if everyone with HIV were fully treated, … More End to Aids in sight as huge study finds drugs stop HIV transmission | Society | The Guardian

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

Universal income study finds money for nothing won’t make us work less | New Scientist #UBI 

“Joshua Howgego – 8 February 2019 For the last two years the Finnish government has been giving 2000 unemployed people a guaranteed, no-strings-attached payment each month. It is the world’s most robust test of universal basic income, and the preliminary results, released this morning, seem to dispel some of the doubts about the policy’s negative impacts. … More Universal income study finds money for nothing won’t make us work less | New Scientist #UBI 

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 

Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps? | The New York Times #ancientDNA #humansciences #humanesciences 

“By Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Jan. 17, 2019 PART I 1. The Ghosts of Teouma A faint aura of destiny seems to hover over Teouma Bay. It’s not so much the landscape, with its ravishing if boilerplate tropical splendor — banana and mango trees, coconut and pandanus palms, bougainvillea, the apprehensive trill of the gray-eared honeyeater — as it … More Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps? | The New York Times #ancientDNA #humansciences #humanesciences 

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 

Stop falling in the “I’m not a scientist” trap | Slate #science #ciencia #climatechange

“In 1980, Ronald Reagan defended car emissions by comparing them favorably to the recent eruption of Mount St. Helens. “I’m not a scientist,” he said, “but I just have a suspicion that that one little mountain out there has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in … More Stop falling in the “I’m not a scientist” trap | Slate #science #ciencia #climatechange

How Plato Foresaw Facebook’s Folly | The New York Times #Facebook #Plato #Zukerberg #FelizDomingo

“In ancient Egypt there lived a wise king named Thamus. One day he was visited by a clever god called Theuth. Theuth was an inventor of many useful things: arithmetic and geometry; astronomy and dice. But his greatest discovery, so he believed, “was the use of letters.” And it was this invention that Theuth was … More How Plato Foresaw Facebook’s Folly | The New York Times #Facebook #Plato #Zukerberg #FelizDomingo

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

Before our eyes, Italy is becoming a fascist state | The Independent

“Those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad. So the old saying goes, and, if so, then the outlook for Italy is grim indeed. For Italy today, almost a century on from Mussolini’s March on Rome, has installed in its capital a government that makes the buffoonish Benito look the very model of statesmanship. … More Before our eyes, Italy is becoming a fascist state | The Independent

It’s better to be born rich than gifted – The Washington Post

“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

We Can’t Do It Ourselves – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE

“How to live a more sustainable life? This question generates a lot of debate that is focused on what individuals can do in order to address problems like climate change. For example, people are encouraged to shop locally, to buy organic food, to install home insulation, or to cycle more often. But how effective is individual … More We Can’t Do It Ourselves – LOW-TECH MAGAZINE

Los chicos no están bien (o por qué debemos repensar la masculinidad) | NYTimes.com EnEspañol

“Solía decir esta frase: “Si quieres emascular a uno de tus amigos, cuando estén en un restaurante, pregúntale qué va a comer y cuando llegue la mesera, ordena por él”. Es gracioso porque quitarle a un hombre su masculinidad no debería ser así de fácil —pero lo es—. La semana pasada, diecisiete personas, la mayoría … More Los chicos no están bien (o por qué debemos repensar la masculinidad) | NYTimes.com EnEspañol

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

Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization | pnas.org

“The scale and organization of human societies changed dramatically over the last 10,000 y: from small egalitarian groups integrated by face-to-face interactions to much larger societies with specialized governance, complex economies, and sophisticated information systems. This change is reflected materially in public buildings and monuments, agricultural and transport infrastructure, and written records and texts. Social … More Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization | pnas.org