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8 07, 2015

Texas scientist with a thing for longhorns

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From NY Times: Deep in the heart of Texas, cows with fearsome horns are everywhere — on bumper stickers and T-shirts, on the signs of auto dealerships and chain restaurants, grazing in broad pastures. The ubiquitousness of the longhorn, a symbol of the state and its flagship university’s mascot, might lead one to wonder: How did this animal get horns that can exceed seven feet across?

David M. Hillis, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Texas at Austin, has the answer. · Go to Texas scientist with a thing for longhorns →

2 02, 2014

Brain regions thought to be uniquely human share many similarities with monkeys

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From Science Daily: New research suggests a surprising degree of similarity in the organization of regions of the brain that control language and complex thought processes in humans and monkeys. The study also revealed some key differences. The findings may provide valuable insights into the evolutionary processes that established our ties to other primates but also made us distinctly human. · Go to Brain regions thought to be uniquely human share many similarities with monkeys →

3 04, 2013

Neanderthal brains show fatal lack of social skills

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From Discover Magazine: The brains of Neanderthals were about the same size as those of humans, but they were not organized the same way. In a study published yesterday, researchers at Oxford show that much of the Neanderthal brain was dedicated to vision and movement instead of the higher order thinking characteristic of the human brain. They say this limited brain capacity could also explain Neanderthals’ eventual demise. · Go to Neanderthal brains show fatal lack of social skills →

22 12, 2012

Oliver Sacks in 14 thought-provoking videos

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From Big Think: Oliver Sacks is a psychiatrist and neurologist best known for his collections of case histories from the far borderlands of neurological experience, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars, in which he describes patients struggling to live with conditions ranging from Tourette's syndrome to autism, parkinsonism, musical hallucination, epilepsy, phantom limb syndrome, schizophrenia, retardation, and Alzheimer's disease. · Go to Oliver Sacks in 14 thought-provoking videos →

21 03, 2012

The 5,000 year history of how we lost half our mind (or how blah-blah-blah has gradually taken over our lives)

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From ChangeThis: 32,000 years ago, our most ancient ancestor drew a beautiful bull on the wall of a cave in a place we now call France. That bull is the oldest known human sketch ever found. In the sweep of recorded human history, it is the beginning of the "whoosh." 27,000 years later, another ancient ancestor created Hieroglyphics by drawing a similar bull on a muddy brick, and written language was born. From that moment on, pictures were doomed. Yes, humanity's five-thousand-year love affair with words has given us so much — but at what hidden cost? Over the millenia, we have gradually purged our visual mind from our understanding of language, communications, and intelligence. Just when we need pictures the most, we no longer have the ability to think visually. It's time to bring our visual mind back. · Go to The 5,000 year history of how we lost half our mind (or how blah-blah-blah has gradually taken over our lives) →

6 01, 2012

Journey Of The Universe

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From PBS: This film and book project is a collaboration of evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, and biology with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. · Go to Journey Of The Universe →

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