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Epigenetics, Stress, and Bullying

The first studies to provide longitudinal evidence that epigenetic processes are dynamic and responsive to early social environments in humans.
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Alan Watts - Polar Thinking

The late Mr Watts - Drunk ! Took me about 10 minutes to work out he was sloshed, just rambling semi coherently and mainly just pulling random quotes out of h...
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Microbes: The Trillions of Creatures Governing Your Health

Microbes: The Trillions of Creatures Governing Your Health | Marco's Journal | Scoop.it
Scientists are just now beginning to recognize the importance of the vast community of microbes that dwells inside us
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Technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology

Technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology | Marco's Journal | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis and may enable fundamentally new routes to creating solar-energy technologies.
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Study shows that chronic grief activates pleasure areas of the brain | e! Science News

Grief is universal, and most of us will probably experience the pain grief brings at some point in our lives, usually with the death of a loved one. In time, we move on, accepting the loss.
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Princeton University - Bad decisions arise from faulty information, not faulty brain circuits

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Vaughan Bell: news from the borders of mental illness

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Vaughan Bell: New research is challenging polarised views of how best to define, diagnose and treat conditions such as schizophrenia
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Something Other Than Adaptation Could Be Driving Evolution | Wired Science | Wired.com

Something Other Than Adaptation Could Be Driving Evolution | Wired Science | Wired.com | Marco's Journal | Scoop.it
What explains the incredible variety of life on Earth? It seems obvious. Evolution, of course! But perhaps not the evolution most people grew up with.
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Hypercleanliness may be making us sick

Hypercleanliness may be making us sick | Marco's Journal | Scoop.it
Too much cleanliness may be behind the increase in everything from allergies and asthma to MS.
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Reason & Existenz

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Nice reprint of an article from 1961. "The difficulty of being an Anarchist is then, among other things, this difficulty to live our lives patiently without exuberance." Related articles Society Wi...

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DNA is a fractal antenna in electromagnetic fields.

PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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Dinosaur Feathers Discovered in Canadian Amber

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Today a group of paleontologists announced the results of an extensive study of several well-preserved dinosaur feathers encased in amber.
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Extreme political attitudes may stem from an illusion of understanding

Having to explain how a political policy works leads people to express less extreme attitudes toward the policy, according to new research.
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Alan Watts - Show must go on? (Identical differences)

The whole talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQHWrCYS8cM (Man in nature, 56 minutes long. This cut is the last 6 mins.) Transcript: (Copied over from e-boo...
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Brain's 'slow waves': Scientists probe source of pulsing signal in sleeping brain

Brain's 'slow waves': Scientists probe source of pulsing signal in sleeping brain | Marco's Journal | Scoop.it
New findings clarify where and how the brain's "slow waves" originate. These rhythmic signal pulses, which sweep through the brain during deep sleep, are assumed to play a role in important processes such as consolidation of memory.
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Model Suggests Link between Intelligence and Entropy

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Dynamical systems that maximize their future possibilities behave in surprisingly “intelligent” ways.

 

The second law of thermodynamics—the one that says entropy can only increase—dictates that a complex system always evolves toward greater disorderliness in the way internal components arrange themselves. In Physical Review Letters, two researchers explore a mathematical extension of this principle that focuses not on the arrangements that the system can reach now, but on those that will become accessible in the future. They argue that simple mechanical systems that are postulated to follow this rule show features of “intelligence,” hinting at a connection between this most-human attribute and fundamental physical laws.


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Study proposes alternative way to explain life's complexity

Evolution skeptics argue that some biological structures, like the eye, are too complex for natural selection to explain. Biologists have proposed various ways that so-called "irreducibly complex" structures could emerge incrementally over time.
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Alan Watts on Waking Up

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My buddy-friend-guy of 9 years, Christopher, has been listening to this a lot in the last few days. I always love to hear the voice of Alan Watts. And this one kept grabbing my attention because of...

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Study Links Obesity to Gut Microflora | Medicine | Sci-News.com

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A new study suggests that a breath test profile of gut microorganisms may be able to tell doctors how susceptible a person is to developing obesity.
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8 Ways the Prophets of Capitalist Greed Justify Their Success and Your Slide Toward Poverty

8 Ways the Prophets of Capitalist Greed Justify Their Success and Your Slide Toward Poverty | Marco's Journal | Scoop.it
From the 'get a job' critic to the 'self-made' entrepreneur.

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Enlightenment: Is Science Ready to Take it Seriously?

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In a two-part column, Jeff Warren looks at the emerging culture of enlightenment, and how it is poised to enrich science's understanding of the mind.
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A philosopher in the age of science I Prospect Magazine

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Hilary Putnam is not well known outside philosophy. He should be
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