How apraxia got my son suspended from school – Michael Graziano – Aeon

I've written before about Michael Graziano and his attention schema theory of consciousness, which seem to me to be the best candidate right now for a scientific theory that actually explains consciousness without resorting to magic steps or simply asserting that it doesn't exist. But this article isn't about that.  It's a sobering tale of … Continue reading How apraxia got my son suspended from school – Michael Graziano – Aeon

Studies of a skin color gene across global populations reveal shared origins | Penn State University

All instances of a gene mutation that contributes to light skin color in Europeans came from the same chromosome of one person who most likely lived at least 10,000 years ago, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. via Studies of a skin color gene across global populations reveal shared origins | Penn State … Continue reading Studies of a skin color gene across global populations reveal shared origins | Penn State University

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence – Adam Grant – The Atlantic

Emotional intelligence is important, but the unbridled enthusiasm has obscured a dark side. New evidence shows that when people hone their emotional skills, they become better at manipulating others. When you’re good at controlling your own emotions, you can disguise your true feelings. When you know what others are feeling, you can tug at their … Continue reading The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence – Adam Grant – The Atlantic

Anti-aging breakthrough? | Machines Like Us

On December 20th, Machines Like Us cited an article from The Guardian called: Anti-aging compound set for human trials. The study, involving Harvard University and the University of NSW, allegedly discovered a way of restoring the efficiency of cells, completely reversing the aging process in muscles. We invited Michael Rae, science writer for the SENS … Continue reading Anti-aging breakthrough? | Machines Like Us

RealClearScience – 5 Easy Tips for Denying Scientific Consensus

Faced with unfortunate facts or inconvenient truths? Tired of closing your eyes, sticking your fingers in your ears, and screaming \"LA LA LA LA LA LA?\" Well, simply read RealClearScience\'s handy guide for denying scientific consensus. It\'s 100% proven to work against a variety of well-substantiated topics, such as: Drinking Water Fluoridation Global Climate Change … Continue reading RealClearScience – 5 Easy Tips for Denying Scientific Consensus

The Truth about the Caveman Diet! | Psychology Today

Anthropologists Frederick Coolidge and Thomas Wynn on The Truth about the Caveman Diet! | Psychology Today. Many readers will have heard of the ‘caveman diet,’ also known as the ‘paleo diet,’ an eating regime based on the premise that we should eat what our ancestors ate over the course of human evolution. More specifically, it suggests that we … Continue reading The Truth about the Caveman Diet! | Psychology Today

Do cockroaches have a form of consciousness? – Brandon Keim – Aeon

Do cockroaches have a form of consciousness? – Brandon Keim – Aeon. An interesting essay exploring to what degree roaches, worms, and bees have consciousness .  I have to admit that, from the time I first heard about cyborg cockroaches, I've found it a disturbing concept, despite the fact that I usually don't hesitate to … Continue reading Do cockroaches have a form of consciousness? – Brandon Keim – Aeon

Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project

Pew has a number of articles up today showing poll results of Americans' views on end-of-life medical treatments, suicide, and related issues.  I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised to see the enlightened views held by a majority of Americans, most of whom believe it would be acceptable to allow someone in a great deal … Continue reading Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project