What We Learned About Humanity in 2012 LiveScience.com The controversial extinct human lineage known as "hobbits" gained a face this year, one of many projects that shed light in 2012 on the history of modern humans and their relatives.
The theory of creation Times of Malta What is the philosophy of life? How did we get here? What is our purpose on earth? These are questions many of us have asked time and time again, without receiving a definite answer.
Published on November 29, 2012 by Peter G. Stromberg, Ph.D. in Sex, Drugs, and Boredom
A new book called The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology by Daniel H. Lende and Greg Downey introduces a novel approach to my discipline of anthropology, and in fact I think this approach has relevance to all of the sciences that study human beings. As the name suggests, the gist of neuroanthropology is to study the interaction of human culture and human brains. Once one begins to do this, one of the oldest and most fruitless questions in the human sciences begins to dissolve. This question is: which is more important in determining human behavior, nature or nurture? As soon as one starts looking at how the brain interacts with culture, it becomes clear that it’s time to retire this question. What we need to try and understand is how nurture becomes nature and how nature is shaped by nurture.
More than any year before, 2012 was the year neuroscience exploded into pop culture. From mind-controlled robot hands to cyborg animals to TV specials to triumphant books, brain breakthroughs were tearing up the airwaves and the internets.