I haven't seen too many atheists opening up food banks for the poor, maintaining religious based hospitals who routinely erase all charges for people who are uninsured and unable to pay, run hospices for AIDS patients (the Catholic Church was the first organization to do that), support summer camps for disadvantaged children, support volunteer medical clinics for the poor and uninsured, run counseling services for those folks unable to pay for therapy and/or counseling, maintain volunteer organizations run by various churches that help seniors and other financially disadvantaged people paint and repair their homes, install dead bolts, provide housekeeping services, cook food, visit and just talk to these very lonely, forgotten people etc... all for free.
If you haven’t read Daniel Everertt’s fabulous Don’t Sleep, There are Snakes about his work as a linguist in the Amazon—well, stop whatever you are doing, go directly to Amazon and enjoy. After 30 years living with and studying the Piraha, a tribe living in the Amazonian basin, Everett has concluded that neither Chomsky’s argument—that language is innate to humans and there are universal laws of grammar—and Skinner’s argument—that language is completely learned and genetics account for nothing—are correct.
A previously unknown kind of human—the Denisovans—likely roamed Asia for thousands of years, probably interbreeding occasionally with humans like you and me, according to a new genetic study. In fact, living Pacific islanders in Papua New Guinea may be distant descendants of these prehistoric pairings, according to new analysis of DNA from a girl's 40,000-year-old pinkie bone, found in Siberian Russia 's Denisova cave. This "new twist" in human evolution adds substantial new evidence that different types of humans—so-called modern humans and Neanderthals , modern humans and Denisovans, and perhaps even Denisovans and Neanderthals—mated and bore offspring, experts say.
meh, just meh!
To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's two decades in orbit, we've compiled 20 of our favorite Hubble photos in this collection. Hubble was launched April 24, 1990, aboard space shuttle Discovery, NASA said, noting Hubble's discoveries have revolutionized nearly all areas of current astronomical research, from planetary science to cosmology.
TEL AVIV, Israel, July 29 (UPI) -- Scientists in Israel say they've identified a chemical in the human brain that helps brain cells store new memories and allows them to "stick."
The dream of working from home and being self employed is one that many people have, but may not really know how to put this into place.