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'Memories' pass between generations

'Memories' pass between generations | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
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Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations.

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The Sixth Extinction: A Conversation With Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction: A Conversation With Elizabeth Kolbert | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Humanity's "most enduring legacy" will be our effect on the rest of life on Earth.
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The Heterotopia of Facebook

The Heterotopia of Facebook | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Robin Rymarczuk is Michel Foucault’s ‘friend’.
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"By submitting the user to a process of self-exposure to others, Facebook renders virtual social life a staged act – a performance. This is why the Facebook self is so often criticized for being highly performative.

However, as Erving Goffman argued in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959), the self is always a performance, in which individuals attempt to control the impression that others have of them. This fact is unsettling, because it means that in recognizing the way we present our lives and construct our identities on Facebook to be a performance, we then come to question our personal identity offline too."

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Jesus Christ the family man? Why the church won’t buy it

Jesus Christ the family man? Why the church won’t buy it | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
New scientific evidence on the tomb of Jesus – and his wife and child – will never be accepted. Religion prefers its relics, like its art, with smoke and mirrors
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Why bother with evidence when you can have blind belief?

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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Hidden in an unknown corner of China is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
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The future of loneliness

The future of loneliness | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The long read: As we moved our lives online, the internet promised an end to isolation. But can we find real intimacy amid shifting identities and permanent surveillance?
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Beware the gravitational pull of mediocrity

Beware the gravitational pull of mediocrity | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Being second rate is not simply the curse of being an over-promoted underachiever – it’s the default state of the universe
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New theory suggests the Big Bang never occurred

New theory suggests the Big Bang never occurred | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
A new quantum equation suggests that the Universe has no beginning or end, and it could also account for dark matter and dark energy. Researchers have created a new model that applies our latest understanding of quantum mechanics to Einstein’s...
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Susan J Boston's curator insight, February 25, 9:00 AM

It is real Thursdays 7 pm channel 11 :) seriously scientist can't figure the human mind out what's the odds on the universe :) http://susanjboston.com

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Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why?
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Survey Says Scientists And Public Disagree On Climate Change, GMOs, And More

Survey Says Scientists And Public Disagree On Climate Change, GMOs, And More | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
What we have here is a failure to communicate
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‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’

‘Inequality has become a challenge to us as moral beings’ | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
A lack of basic fairness in our economic system is threatening democracy, capitalism and civil society, argues Will Hutton in an extract from his new book, How Good We Can Be
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Susan J Boston's curator insight, February 25, 9:02 AM

Fairness has became the wine of the rich and powerful...

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World is now 'three minutes before armageddon'

World is now 'three minutes before armageddon' | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
"Unchecked climate change and nuclear arms race resulting from modernisation of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity.

"World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of leadership endanger every person on earth."
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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The long read: Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
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Why don’t you care who made your clothes?

Why don’t you care who made your clothes? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, in which over a thousand people died, we still fail to appreciate the human cost of the clothes we wear.
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William Dalrymple: The Saudis get their reward for promoting extremism

William Dalrymple: The Saudis get their reward for promoting extremism | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
William Dalrymple:The US and Britain are straining to shore up a hated autocracy.
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Why scientific truth may hurt

Why scientific truth may hurt | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The underlying realities of the world – from Earth’s rotation around the sun to Darwin’s theory of evolution – are rarely obvious or expected
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Media blackout: would I be happier if I didn't read the news?

Media blackout: would I be happier if I didn't read the news? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Writer Jesse Armstrong couldn’t go even a few minutes without checking the headlines. So he set himself a challenge: no news for a month. Would he feel better about the world – or just out of the loop?

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Readers Door's curator insight, April 1, 11:56 AM

"Maybe it’s not necessary to feel a sense of personal failure that I don’t have a workable solution to Syria. "

What a great piece! 

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Over population, over consumption - in pictures

Over population, over consumption - in pictures | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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Health costs of hormone disrupting chemicals over €150bn a year in Europe, says study

Health costs of hormone disrupting chemicals over €150bn a year in Europe, says study | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Lower IQ, adult obesity and 5% of autism cases are all linked to exposure to endocrine disruptors found in food containers, plastics, furniture, toys, carpeting and cosmetics, says new expert study
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The digital black hole: will it delete your memories?

The digital black hole: will it delete your memories? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Google’s vice-president Vint Cerf has warned that all digitally stored information could be wiped out by tech upgrades, putting the sum total of human knowledge under threat. An author and scientist explains why today’s systems are so vulnerable – and how pioneers are preparing for the worst
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My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school

My edible classroom gives deprived New York kids a reason to attend school | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
 Teacher Stephen Ritz explains how a project to grow fresh food in his school turned into a wider movement encouraging healthy eating among US students
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"It is easier to raise healthy children than fix broken adults and I believe every child deserves a safe, healthy, nurturing environment to live in."

An inspirational piece about how a project to grow veggies in schools led to radical changes.

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Bill Gates insists AI is a threat

Bill Gates insists AI is a threat | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
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Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said. The Microsoft founder said he didn't understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control.

 

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12 Worst Ideas Religion Has Unleashed on the World

These dubious concepts advocate conflict, cruelty and suffering.
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Have We Found Alien Life?

Have We Found Alien Life? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
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