Changes Here at Telesterion.com

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Hello, this is Bill Eichman, the creator of the original Telesterion website. If you have been here before, you’ll see that the index page has changed radically. The old site was a chore to update and work on, so, as so many people have, I’ve decided to use blog […]

Sad News – Terrence McKenna’s Notes Destroyed In A Fire

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Terrence McKenna’s library was apparently destroyed by an accidental fire, this struck me as really sad news. Rare books were destroyed, and that’s sad enough, but so were Terrence’s notes, which is a real shame, because it was certainly possible that future researchers might really have learned some useful […]

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.

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