The term “patient zero” as the original victim of an epidemic originated from a misunderstanding.
In 2017 Boeing opened a museum for its employees dedicated to aviation safety. The artifacts intend to show how tragic accidents in the company’s history advanced airplane safety. Instead, they illustrate a pattern of cover-up.
Bird eggs come in a dizzying array of colors and patterns; each an evolutionary study of adaptation to a specific habitat. There is nonetheless a global trend.
Living well is a discipline. The necessary physical discipline is frequent exercise and eating less than the body wants. The alternative is suffering from the sin of sloth in later years.
Humans naturally lack the compassion of other animals and are more gullible. These ubiquitous inclinations go a long way in explaining our way of life, and why our self-extinction is assured.
The demise of humanity from accelerating climate change seems certain before the next century dawns and may come within the next 50 years. Those who dispute this prediction are riding a legacy of dither and denial championed by the political establishment for the past 6 decades.
Fungi in mutualist relationships with plants craftily ply their trade.
Astronomers have discovered a massive galaxy that is at least 12.5 billion years old. According to the standard cosmological model, that’s impossible. What’s actually impossible is the standard cosmological model.
Capitalism can impoverish the soul. This curmudgeonly system treats life as cheap and makes those psychologically under its sway mean. Homelessness in America illustrates.
The proof of coherence as the vigor generating Nature is apparent simply by the universe sustaining itself, with entropy ticking away as a specific discretion. The vital energy of life itself defies physics. But nothing so impressively displays coherence as a creative force as the spontaneous generation of biological traits – disabusing Darwinism and the jabberwocky through which matterist scientists deceive themselves and the public.
300 million years ago, some moths started sucking sap for their nutrition. Once flowers showed up, these drab insects turned into beautiful butterflies.
Foremost, living well is the craft of managing the mind. That craft involves playing the right concepts wabi-sabi style: discarding whatever is not useful or beautiful.
Research has repeatedly shown that people are less mentally flexible than other animals. This owes to lazy minds.
Humanity is sleepwalking to its own demise. Worldwide, there is no decent political leadership; instead, daily doses of petty politics and slimy sloganeering as usual. On the economic front, English economist Mervyn King reminds that the sleepwalking is likely to catch up with us soon.
Oligopoly is the natural state of a mature capitalist market. That state was attained by American home builders after the Great Recession of 2008, in the wake of the crunch caused by a housing financial free-for-all that went into free-fall.
As American president, Donald Trump has irrefutably had a detrimental effect on all fabrics influenced by him: economic, political, diplomatic, military, environmental, societal. Yet this pathological liar is still believed by a loyal following. This extreme example demonstrates a more pervasive point.
The slimy, hydrated gel called mucus lines all wet epithelia in our bodies – over 200 square meters, including the eyes, lungs, and gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts. Healthy individuals produce several liters of mucus daily. Mucus was long thought merely a lubricant and physical barrier against pathogens. Mucus also acts as a communication filtering device to potentially nefarious microbes.
There are over 3,100 distinct stick insects in tropical and subtropical biomes throughout the world. “The extant diversity is the result of a surprisingly recent and rapid radiation,” exclaims Dutch evolutionary biologist Sabrina Simon.
While looking out, the human mind creates a visual image corresponding to 1,600 megapixels (million pixels) each millisecond (1/1000th of a second). This is 274 times more detailed than high-definition TV images. The astonishing process of sight cannot be explained physiologically. Further confirmation of this has recently been provided by researchers who identified the receptors responsible for catching the photons which supposedly compose a visual image.
A Republican president, Richard Nixon, begat the Environmental Protection Agency by executive order in 1970. Since then, Republicans have increasingly forsaken all survival instincts by being against clean air and water, and for the continuing rape of Nature until self-extinction finishes humanity off. What to make of this should be clear, but dullards for democracy ignore the obvious as much as Republicans do environmental desecration.
Evidence only supports the idea of nerve cells as physiological signal transducers. Yet so-called scientists religiously cling to the concept of neurons as the locus of mentation and even consciousness. Why is that?
Bacteria are among the earliest evolved life on Earth. They have survived the vicissitudes of the ages through sense of community.
Life’s intellectual quest is for comprehension, which is a purchase of self-deception when bought; for understanding is always circumscribed within a context that may be functionally adequate but is also always piecemeal.
The plutocratic corruption of American politicians is ruining the country’s health and accelerating humanity’s extinction. The obliteration of science under Republican President Donald Trump is only the sad conclusion to a trend which was notably pronounced under President George W. Bush and earlier Republican administrations (with one notable exception). Even Democratic President Barack Obama ignored science to benefit business.
Capitalism is a system for unbridled evil: responsible for the rape of Earth and the financial enslavement of most of the members of societies which embrace the economic regime, which is practically the entire world. The gross inequity which is the invariable result of a mature capitalist state inspires the simpletons in the underclass to wish for a strongman in whom they can vest hope of some salvation.