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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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Another IPCC warning (2): après nous, le déluge (4)

Last Monday, the IPCC issued its 6th assessment report on climate change (report). Their timing is remarkable as we are still being made scared about the latest coronavirus mutant (eg, Reuters). I assume that this IPCC report will soon lose the media battle for attention. Fear works better when it's close to you. The IPCC warning is "only" about forthcoming decades...

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Morality – why people are so stupid

Recently, I sent my son an intriguing FT article: "Tom Peters: McKinsey’s work on opioid sales represents a new low" (see Sunday's blog). He replied by stating: "Profits over people mentality". I replied by stating that this is often common but extreme in this case. Subsequently, I wondered whether (a lack of) morality is yet another reason for human...

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Does everything have a reason?

Does everything have a reason?

A regular reader of my blogs will know that I like asking the Why question. Recently, someone asked me a counter question: does everything have a reason? After taking a moment, I answered "Yes". I could not think of anything that doesn't have a reason (eg, for being, for happening). It might be useful, however, to elaborate on the word reason. In my view, cause...

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Can our self-conscious minds save us from our selfish selves? (Aeon)

Aeon title: Can our self-conscious minds save us from our selfish selves? Publication date: 4 September 2019 "Like all living things, humans are organisms, biological entities that func­tion as physiological aggregates whose constituent parts operate with a high degree of cooperation and a low degree of conflict. But unlike other organ­isms, humans possess a rogue...

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Après nous, le déluge (3)

Wednesday's blog on intolerance and urbanisation was an important one - to me. Urbanisation is one of the most stealthy threats that I know of. Nevertheless, its urgency may not have been clear to everyone. I received a comment to that extent. Urbanisation is an example of après nous, le déluge. Why worry about something you will not live to see? Our limited life...

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