Think of humans ‘as a little fish out of water’

There’s more than one theory of evolution, most notably Darwinian natural selection. But according to LSU biology professor Prosanta Chakrabarty, we’re still evolving. We’re not the goal of evolution. Think of us all as young leaves on this ancient and gigantic tree of life — connected by invisible branches not just to each other, but […]

Born to dive: This group of people spends 60% of their day underwater

The Bajau sea nomads are people from the Malay Archipelago (Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia). Aquatic life is literally in their DNA. According to a study from the journal Cell: They are renowned for their extraordinary abilities, diving to depths of over 70 m with nothing more than a set of weights and a pair of wooden goggles […]

Neanderthals were great hunters but poor artists

Neanderthals were great hunters but poor artists. According to a study done by professor Richard Coss, their inability to draw could’ve been due to the fact that they didn’t have to plan as hard as Homo Sapiens to hunt down prey in their native Eurasia. Homo Sapiens, on the other hand, chased hard to get […]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

“We control the world basically because we are the only animals that can cooperate flexibly in very large numbers. And if you examine any large-scale human cooperation, you will always find that it is based on some fiction like the nation, like money, like human rights. These are all things that do not exist objectively, […]

An irrational reward system

Greed taints everything. It is a bug in laissez-faire economics. The insatiable desire to have more compels humans to cheat. Civilization intends to be wild on its fairest terms. But too many people up top are biologically prone to control natural selection. Those hit hardest become the angriest of mobs. Economics is human, purely biological; […]

Tracing loops

‘Faceloops’ by Matthias Brown AKA Traceloops We can trace a loop with exactitude. Replication is the first step in learning a new process and developing our own style. The shift from copying to creating something original is a slow one. The objects already out there shape our understanding of how things usually work. It is the desire to […]

Evolution is all chance variation and luck

Without chance variation and experimentation, evolution does not exist. It is through struggle and adaptation we evolve. “Evolution depends on the existence of high-fidelity copying but not perfect copying, since mutations (copying errors) are the ultimate source of all novelty.” — Daniel Dennett It’s the imperfections that round out the edges and sustain life. But […]

Hardware of the head

The phone is negentropic; it gets better through software. Similarly, the human head carries a brain that improves over time. Scientists have shown again and again that the mind, like a piece of software, is elastic. We are the sum of a hundred billion neurons that strengthen through knowledge and experience. Our skull evolves within a […]