Ideas Having Sex

Originally posted on use of knowledge:
People take the current level technological innovation as a given. It’s not. We are as prosperous and rich as we are today because of specific habits, customs and institutions that have evolved over generations. People often  imagine that humanity is on a  linear progression of innovation. That no matter what…

Homo Sapiens Fossils Found in China Challenge Out-of-Africa Theory

Originally posted on ΡΟ Π ΤΡ Ο Ν:
Human Exodus May Have Reached China 100,000 Years Ago Last month, Christopher Bae of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Wei Wang of the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities in Nanning, China, and their colleagues announced the discovery of two teeth from the Luna cave in China’s Guangxi Zhuang region, which testing suggests…

Handy: checklist of common misconceptions about evolution in both popular media and school textbooks

Originally posted on From experience to meaning…:
Via @dylanwilliam I found this useful checklist of common misconceptions about evolution in both popular media and school textbooks. You can read and download the paper here. This is the kind of paper that should be written and shared more often giving teachers a fast update from science…

Cooperation Against Racism

– Tom Uytterhoeven – Although I am not a scientist, I think this is a great experiment. It shows us what mechanisms lie beneath ugly features of human social living, like racism and gender discrimination. Moreover, it shows us how to decrease the prevalence of these features, at least in the case of racism. Let […]

Music Timeline: Cultural Resource or Ad for Google Play?

See on – Cultural evolution Google’s Music Timeline is one of the best visualizations of our cultural soundtrack’s evolution over the past 60 yrs Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: "Our cultural soundtrack", the PR-talk says. And that’s true: music can really convey the spirit of a certain period. But when you check out this timeline, […]

Short reflection on “The mystery of the human intelligence explosion – io9”

See on – Cultural evolution The mystery of the human intelligence explosion io9 Perhaps one of the biggest mysteries in our evolution is how humans developed symbolic culture, a very general catch-all term that includes things like art, language, personal adornment, weapons,… Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: This is fascinating. To imagine how our species slowly […]

One Cartoon, Two Myths Busted: on Evolution and the Brain

See on – Cultural evolution The evolution of workers. It’s right brainer time! Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: There are many cartoons on evolution out there, most of them building on the same theme: a row of men(!) depicting some kind of progress, ending in a caricature of today’s life. You might have seen the […]