El Animal ‘Racional’

Las islas en las que la cara de miedo no significa miedo | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"Uno de los pocos habitantes de Kaileuna, una isla remota de Papúa Nueva Guinea, habla con acento extraño. Los miembros de su clan, con los que sale a pescar cada día para poder comer, le llaman Kalekesi. Llegó a la... Seguir leyendo →

Scientists Grow Full-Sized, Beating Human Hearts From Stem Cells | Popular Science

"Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and... Seguir leyendo →

E.T. Phones Earth? 1,500 Years Until Contact, Experts Estimate

"Aliens may be mediocre just like Earthlings, which could explain why humanity hasn't heard from advanced civilizations yet. If life on this planet develops at an average pace, rather than an exceptionally slow pace, then extraterrestrial life likely followed a... Seguir leyendo →

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day? | Big Think

"Breakfast has been made out to be one of the most important meals of the day. It’s considered taboo to skip it, and we'll even go so far as to shame people for doing so. After all, making time to... Seguir leyendo →

Los grandes simios pueden adivinar lo que estás pensando | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"En 1835 llegó al Zoo de Londres el primer chimpancé para fascinar a sus visitantes. Luego llegaría Jenny, una orangután a la que vestían con ropa de mujer. La reina Victoria visitó la exhibición y quedó horrorizada ante la visión... Seguir leyendo →

Uber responds to vTaiwan’s coherent blended volition | pol.is blog

"On August 27, 2015, I served as a co-facilitator on the 7th vTaiwan e-Rulemaking public consultation meeting, alongside Minister Jaclyn Tsai. Modeled after Cornell’s RegulationRoom, vTaiwan is a g0v (gov-zero) project run by volunteers that works with the Taiwan administration... Seguir leyendo →

Imagine Economics as an Evolutionary Science – Evonomics

"In 1898, the great American institutional economist Thorstein Veblen published an article entitled: “Why is economics not an evolutionary science?” By “evolutionary”, Veblen explained that he meant an economics that took full account of the impact of Darwinism on the... Seguir leyendo →

Los aborígenes australianos son los humanos vivos más antiguos | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"Hay poblaciones humanas que hasta ahora se han visto poco representadas en los estudios genómicos, como los primeros pobladores de Australia. Mal hecho, porque la primera lectura del genoma de 83 aborígenes de aquel continente, y otras 25 personas de... Seguir leyendo →

Elinor Ostrom: Fighting the Tragedy of the Commons – Books & ideas

"Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) was born in California during the depths of the Great Depression. Her parents were artistically inclined—her father a set designer and her mother a musician—and neither had graduated from college. Ostrom attended Beverly Hills High as a... Seguir leyendo →

What is New Economic Thinking? – Evonomics

"The financial collapse of 2007/08 and the subsequent deep recession and sluggish recovery have left huge scars on the global economy. In the UK, the government is grappling with an unprecedented budget deficit and unemployment is over 1 million higher... Seguir leyendo →

What’s universal grammar? Evidence rebuts Chomsky’s theory of language learning – Salon.com

"The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for learning grammar — famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — has dominated linguistics for almost half a century. Recently, though, cognitive scientists and... Seguir leyendo →

Human Brains Are Neither ‘Male’ Nor ‘Female’ – D-brief

"The physical differences between men and women are pretty simple to decipher from an anatomy book, but those categorical dividing lines disappear when it comes to the brain. Going back nearly a century, scientists have attempted to determine whether the... Seguir leyendo →

A cat co-authored an influential physics paper | Science | AAAS

In 1975, Jack Hetherington and F.D.C. Willard published a paper together in Physical Review Letters. The paper is an influential view into atomic behavior and has been cited multiple times, but only one of its authors is human—F.D.C. Willard is... Seguir leyendo →

First Artificial Burger Gets Tepid Reviews, Billionaire Financier Unmasked | Science | AAAS

""Close to meat. Not that juicy." That was Austrian food trend researcher Hanni Rützler's verdict on the world's first lab-grown beef patty, presented here today at a tightly orchestrated and widely covered media event. Rützler was one of two people... Seguir leyendo →

El pueblo en el que la sonrisa no significa alegría | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"El libro La vida sexual de los salvajes del noroeste de la Melanesia, publicado en 1929 por el antropólogo austrohúngaro Bronisław Malinowski, describe una insólita costumbre que el autor solo conocía de oídas. Las mujeres de un puñado de aldeas... Seguir leyendo →

Pierre Bourdieu: La sociología es un deporte de combate. Documental completo, subtítulos en español. – YouTube

Primer caso de comunicación entre humanos y animales salvajes | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"“En 1588, João dos Santos, un misionero portugués en Sofala (el actual Mozambique) veía cómo con frecuencia un pequeño pájaro se colaba volando a través de las grietas de los muros de su iglesia para picotear la cera de las... Seguir leyendo →

A man who lives without 90% of his brain is challenging our concept of ‘consciousness’ – ScienceAlert

"A French man who lives a relatively normal, healthy life - despite missing 90 percent of his brain - is causing scientists to rethink what it is from a biological perspective that makes us conscious. Despite decades of research, our... Seguir leyendo →

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation? – YouTube

What Milton Friedman Got Wrong: Biologists Destroy Homo-Economicus – Evonomics

"One of the most influential articles published in the field of economics is Milton Friedman’s (1953) “The Methodology of Positive Economics”, in which he argues that people behave as if the assumptions of neoclassical economic theory are correct, even when... Seguir leyendo →

The Trouble with Darwin | Big Think

"Like many others, I watched the recent debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham with a queer mixture of awe and déjà vu. Who knew that 89 years later, we'd still be litigating the Scopes trial? As someone trained in... Seguir leyendo →

Evolution – What Darwin Never Knew – NOVA PBS Documentary – YouTube

Magic-mushroom drug lifts depression in first human trial

"A hallucinogenic drug derived from magic mushrooms could be useful in treating depression, the first safety study of this approach has concluded. Researchers from Imperial College London gave 12 people psilocybin, the active component in magic mushrooms. All had been... Seguir leyendo →

New President of Brazil, Michel Temer, Signals More Conservative Shift – The New York Times

"The new Brazilian president’s first pick for science minister was a creationist. He chose a soybean tycoon who has deforested large tracts of the Amazon rain forest to be his agriculture minister. And he is the first leader in decades... Seguir leyendo →

Want to Make Hunter-Gatherers Irrational? Expose Them to Free Markets – Evonomics

"A well-known example of irrational decision-making people’s tendency to overvalue the things they own (I would pay $1 for a coffee mug but will demand $5 for an identical coffee mug that happens to be mine). This bias of “the... Seguir leyendo →

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