Category Archives: Uncommon & anti-conventional knowledge

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

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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A 200,000 Year-Old City in Southern Africa pre-Dates Sumer*

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A 200,000 Year-Old City in Southern Africa pre-Dates Sumer*

A giant stone city was discovered in South Africa, approximately 150 km west of port Maputo, Mozambique. By calculating the erosion rate of the dolerite, it became possible to assess the age of the site. It was estimated that the 1500 square-kilometre metropolis was constructed between 160,000 and 200,000 years ago!

The ruins consist of huge stone circles, most of which are buried in the sand and can be seen only from the air or with the help of satellite imagery.

It is believed that this ancient city is part of an even larger structure of 10,000 square kilometres. The organized nature of this ancient community and a road network connecting it to the terraced agriculture suggest that the metropolis was home to a highly advanced civilization.

The geology of the site is quite interesting too because of the numerous…

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