BY ROBERT SUSSMAN Newsweek 1950, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) issued a statement asserting all humans belong to the same species and “race” is not a biological reality but a myth. This was a summary of the findings of an international panel of anthropologists, geneticists, sociologists, and psychologists. A great deal … Continue reading Race is a Social Construct
by Sandra Shapshay Aeon Dec 4, 2018 Have you ever felt awe and exhilaration while contemplating a vista of jagged, snow-capped mountains? Or been fascinated but also a bit unsettled while beholding a thunderous waterfall such as Niagara? Or felt existentially insignificant but strangely exalted while gazing up at the clear, starry night sky? If so, then … Continue reading At once tiny and huge: what is this feeling we call ‘sublime’?
by Christian Jarrett British Psychological Society - Research Digest It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers and there’s clearly a lot of variation between individuals, … Continue reading What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology
Growing research show that glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the US, causes cancer by Erin Brockovich Guardian Dec 6, 2018 On a recent Saturday afternoon, in an estuary near Tampa Bay, Florida, I watched airboats move up and down the river banks, spraying massive plumes of weedkiller on to the vegetation. The … Continue reading The weedkiller in our food is killing us
Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. BY MARIA POPOVA Brain Pickings Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader,hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital … Continue reading The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking
Naturalist tells leaders at UN climate summit fate of world is in their hands By Damian Carrington in Katowice Guardian Dec 2, 2018 https://youtu.be/b6Vh-g0oZ9w The collapse of civilisation and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough has told the UN climate change summit in Poland. The naturalist was chosen to represent … Continue reading David Attenborough: Collapse of Civilization is on the Horizon
Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism's Imminent Demise by Nafeez Ahmed MotherBoard Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General. The main reason? We’re transitioning rapidly to a radically different global economy, due to our increasingly unsustainable exploitation of the planet’s environmental … Continue reading A climate change-fueled switch away from fossil fuels means the worldwide economy will fundamentally need to change.