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Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years (Quanta)

Introduction LO: This Quanta article is fascinating if and when you're interested in (convergent) evolution. Although the article does not mention consciousness, it strongly suggests that consciousness is a phenomenon that starts in a single cell. It also suggest that multicellular organisms have collective consciousness that can learn. A must-read ! Single Cells...

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Go with the flow

A salmon lives in oceans or seas but returns to the place it was born in order to lay its eggs (ie, to spawn). That upstream river swim towards the spot where the salmon was born is so exhaustive that salmon "usually die after spawning" (source). I suppose this explains the human adage: go with the flow. Most of us adhere to that adage. At times, we don't like that...

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Why are most people submissive?

My July 28 blog was about leadership: Why is leadership restricted to animals and humans? The flip side of leadership is submission of a majority to a minority. Why are most (animals and) people submissive? A 2010 article in Psychology Today argues that people are conformists: "Human beings are herd animals. We survive only in highly coordinated groups....

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Why is leadership restricted to animals and humans?

Leadership appears to be a largely human topic. Nevertheless, there are plenty of articles about leadership in animals (ie, amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles). Most articles are about mammals (eg, African elephants) and birds (eg, pigeons). Most articles claim fish have leaders (eg, Nat Geo, Phys, Science Daily) apart from one (JSTOR). I...

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The notion of freedom

In 2016, an "octopus at New Zealand's National Aquarium made a break for freedom by slipping out of its tank, slithering down a drainpipe and escaping into the ocean earlier this year" (Nat Geo). Recently, "workers at a crocodile farm in Thailand have been searching for crocodiles which escaped after floods in the area." (BBC) Human escapes from captivity...

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