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A blog by Leon Oudejans


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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Symbiosis and consciousness

About a month ago, I noticed mushrooms growing on a “beheaded” tree. An example of symbiosis, I thought. A week later, I noticed a white thread in those mushrooms, probably a yeast. I wondered whether this was an example of 3-way symbiosis. Several days later, the mushrooms had become a filthy stinking drab. The yeast had probably killed the intruding...

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By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity (Quanta)

Quanta Magazine title: By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity Quanta subtitle: Recent major surveys show that reductions in genomic complexity — including the loss of key genes — have successfully shaped the evolution of life throughout history. By: Viviane Callier Date: 1 September 2020 "When Cristian Cañestro set out in the early 2000s to study...

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Why plants panic when it rains (Phys)

Phys title: Why plants panic when it rains Published by: University of Western Australia Date of publication: 29 October 2019 "An international team of scientists involving The University of Western Australia's School of Molecular Sciences, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and Lund University has made the surprising discovery that a plant's...

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Underground fungal relationships key to thriving plants (Phys)

Phys title: Underground fungal relationships key to thriving plants Date of publication: 28 October 2019Publication by: University of Tennessee at Knoxville "For a plant to thrive, it needs the help of a friendly fungus—preferably one that will dig its way deep into the cells of the plant's roots. Plants live in symbiosis with root-associated, or...

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Why do humans follow a misguided leader while animals do not?

Late 2016, the NYT published an article: Pigeons resist misguided leaders following a 2016 study in Biology Letters. NYT excerpt: "Either the lead pigeon recognizes that it has no clue and falls back into the flock, letting birds that know where they are going take over, or the flock collectively decides that the direction that it is taking just doesn’t feel...

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