Category Archives: Medicine & health

REPOST: Covid-19: Competing Theories

(reposted from https://dailygaslamp.com/2020/06/08/covid-19-competing-theories/)

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So what’s changed with England’s quarter-assed attempt to stop covid-19?

Our hobo-looking whigger of a prime minister had caught coronavirus and was in hospital but Continue reading So what’s changed with England’s quarter-assed attempt to stop covid-19?

A snippet of life in England’s quarter-assed attempt to curb covid-19

Well well well. It’s happening, pretty much as I expected. Coronavirus is culling the UK population, and not only have we been lied to about how many deaths there have been (until just this Monday, 30/3/2020, they were ONLY counting deaths in hospitals), Continue reading A snippet of life in England’s quarter-assed attempt to curb covid-19

MORE INFLUENTIAL BOOKS

A fun little continuation of Influential Books.

Please note that many books have 2 ISBNs, a 10-digit and a 13-digit, which may be and often are completely different. Be aware that I have taken the 13-digit version and taken off the first 3 digits (978). In a few cases when I couldn’t find the ISBN I’ve listed the ASIN, which contain letters as well as numbers.

Listed in no particular order:  Continue reading MORE INFLUENTIAL BOOKS

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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What’s the Latest?

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’.”