The 2012 “apocalypse – apotheosis” – an interesting article by Gary Lachman at enlightennext

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Here’s my prediction – December 21st 2012 will come and go like every other solstice. Things here in the US will be just as messed up as they have been, but that’s because of our political and economic choices in the face of peak oil and other macro economic […]

Selena Fox on the CNN beliefnet, responding to McDonnells “satanic altar” idiocy.

It was sweet to see Selena Fox in the news. And on the autumnal equinox as well.

Gotta love the autumnal equinox – a mysterious time of the year, the day’s length changing so fast.

Selena Fox on Beliefnet

There’s an irony to the timing of this hubbub, says Selena Fox, […]

Erik Davis writes an interesting article on the Rider-Waite (or Waite-Smith) Tarot

Erik Davis is often interesting, tho arguably forced by his circumstances to focus on creating popular content – and he’s an excellent writer and considerably-better-than-average thinker – so even tho it’s an old and much discussed topic, his latest article on tarot and it’s most well known deck is worth reading.

I especially enjoyed the […]

More on Lascaux & Geometric signs in cave art

The ancient world and it’s part in the evolution of our current kind of mind seems to be a theme for me these days. So here’s a bit more, inspired by a recent post on metafilter about the Bradshaws, rock paintings in Australia. From the excellent cave and rock art site named after those paintings, […]

Previously unpublished photos of the Lascaux cave paintings online from LIFE magazine

One of my favorite things in the world is Lascaux. This cro-magnon painted cave temple is one of the most fascinating creations of prehistory, and arguably one of the most significant discoveries in the history of religion, art, AND writing and communcations and the human brain.

So it’s always a thrill to see new Lascaux […]

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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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