The Magicians Game, or, How much truth can you stand?

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The Magicians Game – or How Much Truth Can You Stand

We were having a chat about enlightenment and bogusity at A New Gaia, one of the remnants of the Zaadz Gaia social networking experiment that ultimately failed and vanished. It wasn’t in my group, but in […]

Luck can be made – in the brain and mind

Several articles about the mental differences between lucky and unlucky people have come out recently, all apparently triggered by the book the author of this current article is trying to sell. However, the ideas involved are worth thinking about for esoteric practicioners and explorers, so I picked this article as an example of the bunch, […]

The Flag Of Earth

The Flag of Earth is a public domain design that can be used freely by everyone. It shows the blue “sphere” of the earth against the larger yellow arc of the sun, orbited by a white moon, against the black field of space.

James Kunstler article “We Must Imagine a Future Without Cars”

I have a long standing interest the eventual end of the Oil Age, perhaps somewhat unfortunately colored by my father’s having been a Great Depression child with a bad experience of the depression. In any case, I’m always curious about and interested in questions of energy use, peak oil, community and architectural design, and the […]

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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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