It is the observing self that grants us a sense of "agency" with the capacity to change ourselves and our world.
In his model of the face of nature, Darwin showcases the interconnectedness of all species, together with the way in which changes to that face (the hammer blows) favor some species (wedges) while forcing out others.
Why do people persist in behaving in ways that clearly threaten their future existence . . . in fact, the existence of all life, as we know it, on the host environment . . . planet earth? There is no mystery about what is happening. Science has laid it bare.
The problem seems to be that all three (reviewer included) adopt an essentially Newtonian perspective: discover the problem(s); figure out how to fix the problem(s); implement the solution(s). Mostly it's the implementation part which is the obstacle.
There is a new puppy in my life: Liberty Dean (#totesadorbs, #errrmyghad, #there's-a-new-dog-in-town). She goes by Libby for short and she pees on t...
The desire to seal off borders and quarantine the health care workers is driven to a large extent by our ancestral behavioral immune system. Cues that once improved survival have become maladaptive behaviors in our contemporary world.
As Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science, Jo Handelsman, Ph.D. has taken on major challenges in addition to her academic research. When she sees a need, she dives in -- usually by applying a stiff dose of science.
If disgust sensitivity and out-group fear are components of our evolved behavioral immune system, then this brand of cynical right-wing tribalism would appear to constitute the metaphoric equivalent of an auto-immune disease.
I say Ms. Hickox should keep going on her bike rides and continue living a normal American life. Even though we live in a paranoid and media driven society, Ms. Hickox should always remember that nobody can take away her rights as an American citizen.
As a tech historian, I am pleased as punch that Hollywood has finally focused its blockbuster, Oscar-bait attention on British scientists.
I love the arts. Sure, they've never cured cancer or delivered my groceries. But they have never wreaked havoc with the climate or threatened to vaporize a city either. I'm glad that the nation's arbiters of education have finally discovered. But I also love every other discipline.
Fast-forward to today, and Puerto Morelos (named after a hero in Mexico's war for independence from Spain) probably looks much like it did before the world's chewing gum craze put it on the map.
Fear is purely a survival mode; some may defend it as survival instinct. But we didn't come here to survive. Survival isn't good enough. We came here to live and to live fully. All else is a degradation of our own worthiness and defamation towards life itself.
Universities teach us how to think for ourselves. Student life teaches us how to live with others. If our own children learn these two things, my wife and I will consider us great successes. If enough parents want the same for their children, our country will ensure its continued success as well.
Truth be told, I don't spend a whole lot of time on Tumblr, but there are a few masterpieces that are worth keeping an eye on. One of my favorites is Mara Grunbaum's WTF Evolution?, which takes a regular look at some of evolution's strangest and most perplexing creations. Now, in plenty of time for Xmas, Gunbaum's evolutionary freak show is a book.
Unearthed! Isaac Asimov's private letter to a U.S. military research project back in the 1950s -- how can the military be creative and come up with the best fresh ideas to help defend America from a ballistic missile attack?