The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality. As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world.
Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive is never the world directly, but rather our brain’s best guess at what that world is like, a kind of internal simulation of an external reality. Still, we bank on the fact that our simulation is a reasonably decent one. If it wasn’t, wouldn’t evolution have weeded us out by now? The true reality might be forever beyond our reach, but surely our senses give us at least an inkling of what it’s really like. Not so, says Donald D. Getting at questions about the nature of reality, and disentangling the observer from the observed, is an endeavor that straddles the boundaries of neuroscience and fundamental physics. “Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive.
What If Evolution Bred Reality Out Of Us? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. Look around you.
What do you see? Other people going about their business? Rooms with tables and chairs? Gregory Bateson: un pensamiento (complejo) para pensar la complejidad. Un intento de lectura/escritura terapéutica. 1Pese a su “académica” formación científica, tanto en biología (tempranamente trabaja con su padre –William Bateson– “fundador” de la genética) como en antropología (Doctor en Antropología, investigador conjunto con su primera esposa, Margaret Mead), Gregory Bateson es un personaje no fácilmente encasillable en disciplina alguna.
El puzle de Nabokov. The Secret to Happiness May Lie in Our Relationships. In 2014, researchers at the University of Warwick in England announced they had found a strong association between a gene mutation identified with happiness and well-being.
It’s called 5-HTTLPR and it affects the way our body metabolizes the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate our moods, sex drives, and appetites. The study asks why some nations, notably Denmark, consistently top “happiness indexes,” and wonders whether there may be a connection between a nation and the genetic makeup of its people. Sure enough, controlling for work status, religion, age, gender, and income, the researchers discovered those with Danish DNA had a distinct genetic advantage in well-being.
In other words, the more Danish DNA one has, the more likely he or she will report being happy. This tantalizing piece of research is not the only example of the power of feel-good genes. “Close relationships and social connections keep you happy and healthy. Even the Vatican has expressed concern. Crean nueva red social que promete la 'inmortalidad' League of Legends & Team Liquid video game - Tech Insider. These Superhumans Are Real and Their DNA Could Be Worth Billions. Steven Pete can put his hand on a hot stove or step on a piece of glass and not feel a thing, all because of a quirk in his genes.
Only a few dozen people in the world share Pete’s congenital insensitivity to pain. Drug companies see riches in his rare mutation. They also have their eye on people like Timothy Dreyer, 25, who has bones so dense he could walk away from accidents that would leave others with broken limbs. About 100 people have sclerosteosis, Dreyer’s condition. Both men’s apparent superpowers come from exceedingly uncommon deviations in their DNA. Their genes also have caused the two men enormous suffering.
Io9 - We come from the future. Paneles Solares 3D. NYCHOS. What the Web Said Yesterday. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 took off from Amsterdam at 10:31 A.M.
G.M.T. on July 17, 2014, for a twelve-hour flight to Kuala Lumpur. Not much more than three hours later, the plane, a Boeing 777, crashed in a field outside Donetsk, Ukraine. All two hundred and ninety-eight people on board were killed. The plane’s last radio contact was at 1:20 P.M. G.M.T. Two weeks before the crash, Anatol Shmelev, the curator of the Russia and Eurasia collection at the Hoover Institution, at Stanford, had submitted to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit library in California, a list of Ukrainian and Russian Web sites and blogs that ought to be recorded as part of the archive’s Ukraine Conflict collection. Martine, la mujer que llegó del futuro. 'Sapiens', especie amenazada. En su lúcido ensayo Tierra Patria, el gran pensador francés Edgar Morin nos advierte de que la Humanidad vive hoy bajo una doble espada de Damocles que amenaza su futura supervivencia: la posibilidad de que nos aniquilemos a nosotros mismos debido al potencial destructivo de nuestras armas nucleares, o al deterioro del ecosistema planetario que han provocado nuestras actividades industriales.
La gran paradoja de nuestra especie "inteligente" (¡ojalá!) Es que la misma capacidad cerebral que nos ha permitido inventar prodigios tecnológicos como los ordenadores, los smartphones o los transbordadores espaciales es la que simultáneamente nos ha convertido en una especie en riesgo de extinción. A principios del mes pasado, los más de 800 expertos que forman parte del Panel Científico para el Cambio Científico de Naciones Unidas (IPCC) presentaron un nuevo informe demoledor sobre la amenaza del calentamiento global, con un mensaje rotundo.