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The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition. A few years ago, Gene Robinson, of Urbana, Illinois, asked some associates in southern Mexico to help him kidnap some 1,000 newborns.

The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition

For their victims they chose bees. Half were European honeybees, Apis mellifera ligustica, the sweet-tempered kind most beekeepers raise. The other half were ligustica’s genetically close cousins, Apis mellifera scutellata, the African strain better known as killer bees. Though the two subspecies are nearly indistinguishable, the latter defend territory far more aggressively. Kick a European honeybee hive and perhaps a hundred bees will attack you. Working carefully, Robinson’s conspirators—researchers at Mexico’s National Center for Research in Animal Physiology, in the high resort town of Ixtapan de la Sal—jiggled loose the lids from two African hives and two European hives, pulled free a few honeycomb racks, plucked off about 250 of the youngest bees from each hive, and painted marks on the bees’ tiny backs.

Every biologist accepts this. Living With Voices - T. M. Luhrmann. Article - Summer 2012 Print A new way to deal with disturbing voices offers hope for those with other forms of psychosis Joan of Arc, oil on canvas, c. 1450, Centre Historique des Archives Nationales, Paris By T.

Living With Voices - T. M. Luhrmann

M. Hans used to be overwhelmed by the voices. Modern American psychiatry treats auditory hallucinations as the leading symptom of serious psychotic disorder, of which the most severe form is schizophrenia. The book that defined the era was called The Broken Brain (1984) by Nancy Andreasen, later editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, member of the National Academy, and recipient of the National Medal of Science.

The commonsense understanding that accompanied this wisdom was that nonpharmacological treatments for schizophrenia were useless. Hans is a Dutch man in his 20s, kind and large and careful in his speech and movement. 4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese. There’s a certain generation (or two) that owes its twisted, awkward, scorchingly black sense humor to John Cleese.

4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese

Famous for his work with the Monty Python films and television series, the BBC comedy Fawlty Towers, as well as feature films like A Fish Called Wanda, the writer, actor, comedian and film producer knows from funny. But he also knows a thing or two about wrestling the creative beast, which is the topic Cleese was invited to speak about at last week’s Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

Addressing a group of attendees from the Havas Media group, Cleese brought a storytelling flair to the topic of the creative process, something he’s been discussing for decades through his educational video company Video Arts, sharing tales of writing mishaps and lessons learned from leading creative and scientific minds. A story about your unconscious saving your ass; or letting your ideas bake “I’m not talking about the Freudian unconscious but the intelligent unconscious.

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Mind - Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits. Happiness. 10 More Brilliant Social Psychology Studies: Why Smart People Do. A wealth of psychological insights from ten more key social psychology studies.

10 More Brilliant Social Psychology Studies: Why Smart People Do

Over the last 7 months I’ve been exploring 10 more of my favourite social psychology studies, each with an insightful story to tell about how our minds work. This follows on from an article I wrote two years ago (10 brilliant social psychology studies). Key insights from each study are below but click through to get the full story of each experiment. Image credit: Ayres no graces. Your Brain on Computers - Studying the Brain Off the Grid, Professors Find Clarity.

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Free Will vs. Determinism. Language. Inconsistent Thinking.