History

Between Chimp-Pig and Superman

Between Chimp-Pig and Superman

We humans share a lot of DNA with chimps and other primates, so there’s no real doubt we reside fairly close to these other creatures on the evolutionary tree. But yet, there are some major gaps in the standard story of how primates transitioned into humans. I’ve recently become aware of a novel, eerily compelling, hypothesis that – if accepted – would appear to fill these gaps quite nicely.

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Trofim Lysenko, Soviet Ideology, and Pseudo-Science

Trofim Lysenko, Soviet Ideology, and Pseudo-Science

Trofim Lysenko was born of a peasant family from the Ukraine in 1898. He attended the Kiev Agricultural Institute and was trained as an agronomist. In 1927 he studied the effects of low temperatures on crop plant growth and development, and claimed that this treatment (called “vernalization”) increased crop yields and became an inherited trait in the treated plants.

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Beyond Atheism

Beyond Atheism

God is dead, said the man with the world's most exciting moustache. And many, seeing the dogma of ancient traditions as an anachronistic throwback to a time before the rise of reason, would seek to ensure that this process is completed as soon as possible.

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Science Fiction and The Future of Human Beings: Imagination, Evolution and The Anthropocentric Myths

Science Fiction and The Future of Human Beings: Imagination, Evolution and The Anthropocentric Myths

Though our contemporary world still enjoys the favours of Enlightenment, people from every kind of scientific and philosophical discipline seem to have been defeated in the task of excavating our human origins. And it took a long way down. The Antique World, the Medieval World and all the following eras found themselves among the quest of trying to answer this most vital question: what does it me...

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The Post-Productive Economy

The Post-Productive Economy

Take a look at these farm houses which I saw under construction in remote areas of Yunnan province China. They were not unusual; farmsteads this size were everywhere in rural China. Note the scale of these massive buildings.

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Eternal Reoccurrence vs. Finite Progress

Eternal Reoccurrence vs. Finite Progress

How repetitious is history? — Human Consciousness of Change and Persistence — The Age of Darkness before the Myths of Creation — Fandom Cults of the Academia — Origins of the Wheels of Reoccurrence — Whither be thou, O Sweet Progress?

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