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Unique-minded actor, playwright, poet and story writer spreading insights, old and new, from unconventional sources through my creative works. Also seeking to make a flourishing lifelong career out of them.

Society shrinks our brains?!?

(Originally from http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/human-brain-size-is-shrinking-thank-domesticity)

Human Brain Size Is Shrinking. Thank Domesticity.

Over a year ago by ORION JONES

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Using fossil records to measure cranial capacity through the millennia, researchers have found that as we become increasingly domesticated as a species, the size of our brain continues to shrink. Bruce Hood, psychologist at the University of Bristol, UK, says shrinkage is best explained by changes in society: “We have been self-domesticating through the invention of culture and practices that ensure that we can live together.” Hood notes that as humans have domesticated other species, from cows to dogs, their cranial capacity has also shrunk as they learn to enlist the help of their human masters rather than invent their own solutions.

What’s the Big Idea?

Where our brains have lost capacity, our ability to share knowledge across society has blossomed. This is what, according to Hood, has made our species so successful. “Knowledge can be broadly distributed, disparate areas of expertise collaboratively coordinated, and technology can develop over many generations.” Our dependency on shared knowledge at the community level, however, is also ripe for abuse. “The importance we place on allegiances, for example, is all too easily manipulated by unscrupulous leaders, and deplorable actions are too readily committed through what Hood calls ‘diffusion of accountability’.”

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In the name of God/s, part 11: Zoroastrianism

Apologies to you all for taking so long to do a new post. I’ve recently had to make a lot of changes in my personal life, as a result of which I will only be able to post no more than once a month. Nevertheless please enjoy as I still have many post ideas, and if there are any subjects you’d like me to write about please share with me in the comments.

Now on with the post: 

  • Founder/s: Zarathustra (sometimes spelt Zarathushtra) Spitara, more commonly known in the West as Zoroaster
  • Approximate age: 3500-4000 years, definitely preceded Judaism
  • Place of origin: Persia (Iran & western Afghanistan)
  • Holy book/s: Avesta
  • Original language of holy book/s: Avestan Persian, aka. Zend
  • Demonym of adherents: Zoroastrians/ Zarathustrians
  • Approximate number of current global adherents: 124-190,000
  • Place of worship name/s: dar-e-mehr, fire temple, fire house, atash gah, agiyari

Note: other names of this religion are Mazdayasna, Zarathustraism, Mazdaism, Magianism & Behdin. Continue reading In the name of God/s, part 11: Zoroastrianism

Celebrate good times!

This is officially a landmark. I’ve now passed the 4th anniversary of my irtidad. Yes, it is now over 4 years since I left Islam!

Allahu la akbar! (Allah is not greatest) Continue reading Celebrate good times!

Mecca: 95 per cent of Holy Sites have been Destroyed*

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Mecca: 95 per cent of Holy Sites have been Destroyed*

ISIS Israel and Saudi Arabia seem to have a common denominator….If acts of worship in front of a dedicated object or “saint”, is shirq/idolatrous then what is spending billions of pounds to build luxurious palaces, hotels, and shopping malls to worship the self before one drops dead? Isn’t this why the Tower of Babel built in the first place?

By Andrew Johnson

The site in Mecca where the Prophet Mohamed is said to have been born is about to be “buried under marble” and replaced by a huge royal palace. The work is part of a multibillion-pound construction project in the holy city which has already resulted in the destruction of hundreds of historic monuments.

The project, which began several years ago, aims to expand the al-Masjid al-Haram, or the Grand Mosque, to cater for the millions of pilgrims who…

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