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Culture, genes and the human revolution - Matt Ridley

Culture, genes and the human revolution - Matt Ridley | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it

"State-of-the-art DNA sequencing is providing ever more detailed insights into the genomes of humans, extant apes, and even extinct hominins (1–3), offering unprecedented opportunities to uncover the molecular variants that make us human. A common assumption is that the emergence of behaviorally modern humans after 200,000 years ago required—and followed—a specific biological change triggered by one or more genetic mutations. For example, Klein has argued that the dawn of human culture stemmed from a single genetic change that “fostered the uniquely modern ability to adapt to a remarkable range of natural and social circumstance” (4). But are evolutionary changes in our genome a cause or a consequence of cultural innovation?"


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, May 28, 2013 6:00 PM

This is important. The interplay between biologically evolved human cognitive capabilities -- large neocortex capable of foresight and symbolic thought, visual perception and hand-eye coordination -- and cultural innovations such as language, tool-making, writing is key to understanding the role of cooperation in what it means to be human.

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The Root Cause of Addiction

Could the Root Cause of Addiction actually be a lack of Connection For more information, read the article here
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A Better Kind of Happiness - The New Yorker

A Better Kind of Happiness - The New Yorker | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Will Storr examines the concept of eudaemonic happiness, first proposed by Aristotle, and how it may be beneficial to human health.
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Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A man committed a horrible crime. Then he decided he no longer wanted to be a bad person. It is possible to change our personalities, psychologists say, even though we like to think they're innate.
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The mind isn’t locked in the brain but extends far beyond it – Keith Frankish | Aeon Ideas

Where is your mind? Where does your thinking occur? Where are your beliefs? René Descartes thought that the mind was an immaterial soul, housed in the pineal gland near the centre of the brain. Nowadays, by contrast, we tend to identify the min
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Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind

Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Science is struggling to figure out if we, or even a thermostat, truly possess matter beyond the physical.
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This Is What Negativity Does To Your Immune System, And It's Not Pretty - Forbes

This Is What Negativity Does To Your Immune System, And It's Not Pretty - Forbes | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Can high levels of negative or unpleasant emotions cause brain damage? This question was originally answered on Quora by Fabian van den Berg.
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Are We Who We Think We Are?

Are We Who We Think We Are? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
"I am who I think you think I am." - Charles Horton Cooley
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How Romanticism Ruined Love

The set of ideas we can call Romanticism is responsible for making our relationships extremely difficult. We shouldn’t give up on love; we should jus
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Why You're So Afraid of Change (and What You Can Do About It)

Why You're So Afraid of Change (and What You Can Do About It) | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Change freaks us out—probably even more than public speaking, but it's the sort of amorphous issue that we don't think about because it manifests itself subtly in so many ways. Whether a relationship starts or ends, you're moving, you've got a new job, or you've lost someone you love, change—whether it's good or bad—causes stress. Here's how it works and how to handle it without losing your mind.
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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Ceridwen Dovey on how bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin prescribe fiction for healing and self-exploration.
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The professor who thinks video games will be the downfall of men | Pete Etchells

The professor who thinks video games will be the downfall of men | Pete Etchells | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Pete Etchells: Philip Zimbardo is worried that playing video games too much, or watching too much porn, is crippling masculinity. But the evidence just doesn’t back up these sorts of claims
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The Hive Hypothesis

The Hive Hypothesis | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A core concept in our culture is that we are individuals in competition with other individuals. Like chimpanzees roaming th
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Scientists Prove That Pop Music Is Literally Ruining Our Brains

Scientists Prove That Pop Music Is Literally Ruining Our Brains | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Not all music is created equal.
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Our sinister, soul-sapping happiness industry

Our sinister, soul-sapping happiness industry | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
On a recent sodden weekend walk, I tried to cheer myself up by thinking: it’s not so bad. Not the slugs…
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Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships?

Can Attachment Theory Explain All Our Relationships? | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The most important parenting you’ll ever do happens before your child turns one — and may affect her for the rest of her life. One mother’s journey through the science of attachment.
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Study shows complex ideas can enter consciousness automatically | SF State News

Study shows complex ideas can enter consciousness automatically | SF State News | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The latest research from SF State's Ezequiel Morsella lends further support to the groundbreaking theory that your consciousness is less in control than you think.
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Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish? - NYTimes.com

Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish? - NYTimes.com | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The psychologist and parenting expert Michele Borba says society’s fixation with the selfie is having some unintended consequences. She sees children mimicking not-so-nice behavior in adults and fewer grown-ups calling them out.
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Derek's curator insight, July 4, 2:09 PM
reprendre pied dans le regard intelligent : celui qui vient du coeur , dès la maternelle ...afin de développer une société ancrée dans la réalité ....et la vérité : à la base du respect nécessaire pour des relations libres et heureuses entre tous ; rien d'utopique dans cela , juste un peu de courage et de volonté
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Jesse Bogner Talking To Teens in Israel about Substance Abuse
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Author of The Egotist Jesse Bogner tells teens in Israel about all his substance abuse issues that started when he was 13. He talks about how his parents' divorce impacted him and constantly feeling anxiety, even though he was surrounded by people who loved him. Toward the end he talks about Johann Hari's book Chasing The Scream and how true it is that all these issues stem from a lack of connection. If we fix our environment Jesse explains, there wouldn't be any addicts.
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In Praise of Hugs

We live in a culture which, while it pays lipservice to hugging, doesn't quite appreciate its true significance and poignancy. If you like our films take
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A Circle of Gifts

A Circle of Gifts | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Wherever I go and ask people what is missing from their lives, the most common answer (if they are not impoverished or seriously ill) is "community." What happened to community, and why don't we have it any more? There are many reasons – the layout of suburbia, the disappearance of public space, the automobile and the television, the high mobility of people and jobs – and, if you trace the "why's" a few levels down, they all implicate the money system.
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Loneliness Is a Warning Sign to Be Social - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Loneliness Is a Warning Sign to Be Social - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
In 2002, a group of adults aged 50 and over answered a series of questions about their physical and mental health. A subset of the…
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'A crisis of masculinity': men are struggling to cope with life

'A crisis of masculinity': men are struggling to cope with life | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A report by the mental health charity CALM has found that men are struggling
to cope with the pressures and expectations of their personal and
professional lives
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Us and Them

Us and Them | Psychology, Sociology & Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The book Us and Them: The Science of Identity, David Berreby is published by University of Chicago Press.
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