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The answers aren't as important as the questions. Here are links to things that have me pondering.
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Researchers "radically rethink" human origins

Researchers "radically rethink" human origins | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
New finds are revolutionizing what we know about the early humans.
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'It feels like having a limb cut off': the pain of friendship breakups 

'It feels like having a limb cut off': the pain of friendship breakups  | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
When a good friend cuts you out of their life, it can be as devastating as the end of a romance. How should you cope?
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The Gift of Death

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Pathological consumption has become so normalised that we scarcely notice it.  There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, …

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Why the "You" in an Afterlife Wouldn't Really Be You

Why the "You" in an Afterlife Wouldn't Really Be You | Deep Thought | Scoop.it

"Awareness of our mortality is uplifting because it means that every moment, every day and every relationship matters. Engaging deeply with the world and with other sentient beings brings meaning and purpose. We are each of us unique in the world and in history, geographically and chronologically. Our genomes and connectomes cannot be duplicated, so we are individuals vouchsafed with awareness of our mortality and self-awareness of what that means. What does it mean? Life is not some temporary staging before the big show hereafter—it is our personal proscenium in the drama of the cosmos here and now."

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The meaning of life in a world without work

The meaning of life in a world without work | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose

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Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer  

Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer   | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
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The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it 

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it  | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy
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End-of-life care: How to have a better death  

End-of-life care: How to have a better death   | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
IN 1662 a London haberdasher with an eye for numbers published the first quantitative account of death. John Graunt tallied causes such as “the King’s Evil”, a tubercular disease believed to be cured by the monarch’s touch. Others seem uncanny, even poetic.
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Artificial Wombs Are Coming, but the Controversy Is Already Here

Artificial Wombs Are Coming, but the Controversy Is Already Here | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Ectogenesis is a social and political minefield.
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Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’ | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The visionary historian, author of two dazzling bestsellers on the state of mankind, takes questions from Lucy Prebble, Arianna Huffington, Esther Rantzen and a selection of our readers
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"After reading Homo Deus I began to wonder why we are so wilfully ushering in a future that will slowly make us redundant. We are the only animal obsessed with progress. Should we try to resist the idea of the future as one of inevitable technological advancement and create a different kind of futurism? Matt Haig, author" 

We have to ask this question and we have to rebel against the very idea of the obselence of humanity in every way we can. back to hippy ideals and growing your own vegetables, I reckon.
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The Problem With the Islamic Apocalypse

The Problem With the Islamic Apocalypse | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Too many Muslims, not just radicals, believe that the end times are near. They should instead focus on this lifetime.
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Important read. Apocalypticism is a real danger to the safety of the world, whether Muslim or Christian.
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Do we really want to fuse our brains together? 

New research puts us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?
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Ten million British jobs could be gone in 15 years. No one knows what happens next 

Ten million British jobs could be gone in 15 years. No one knows what happens next  | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
The reality of automation is becoming clear – and it’s terrifying. So why is there so little thinking among politicians about those who will be affected, asks Guardian columnist John Harris
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'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time  

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time   | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Carlo Rovelli tells Charlotte Higgins about his days as a student revolutionary and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip
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The Universe May Be Conscious, Say Prominent Scientists

The Universe May Be Conscious, Say Prominent Scientists | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
What consciousness is and where it emanates from has stymied great minds in societies across the globe since the dawn of speculation. In today’s world, it’s a realm tackled more and more by physicists, cognitive scientists, and neuroscientists. There are a few prevailing theories. The first is materialism. This is the notion that consciousness emanates from matter, in our case, by the firing of neurons inside the brain.

Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY, malek
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more of outlandish theories: a mental joy

Sharon Bakar's comment, August 2, 2017 5:46 AM
But do i understand it? No.
malek's comment, August 3, 2017 1:57 PM
first a theory, then we may understand
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What if all students spent a year working the land before university?  

What if all students spent a year working the land before university?   | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
A year of ‘eco-conscription’ between school and university would renew the bonds between people and the land, says ecologist and writer Hugh Warwick
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When Will the Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot For Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine. | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Plague, famine, heat no human can survive. What scientists, when they’re not being cautious, fear climate change could do to our future.
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"Most people talk as if Miami and Bangladesh still have a chance of surviving."
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Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history?

Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Biotechnology and the rise of AI may split humankind into a small class of ‘superhumans’ and a huge underclass of ‘useless’ people. Once the masses lose their economic and political power, inequality levels could spiral alarmingly
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Our bodies don’t need meat. So why can’t we give it up?

Our bodies don’t need meat. So why can’t we give it up? | Deep Thought | Scoop.it

"If our bodies don’t need meat, why are we so addicted to it? new book explains why humans eat animals.

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It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon

It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. Spend that 401k!
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"On the upside, maybe you don’t need to worry so much about that retirement plan."
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Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities 

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities  | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
 
The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and ... attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critica
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‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away
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You’re a different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found

You’re a different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Look at a photo of yourself as a teenager and, mistaken fashion choices aside, it’s likely you see traces of the same person with the same personality quirks as you are today. But whether or not you truly are the same person over a lifetime—and what that notion of personhood even means—is the subjec
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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center
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