Whereas our desires propel us through life, unintended consequences more profoundly shape the world in which we live.
Certain localized energy fields quantize into the phenomenal form called “matter,” which is Nature’s sublime deception. As Nature is flagrant display of diversity, among the zoo of quanta are particles whose seeming existence is merely mathematical, but with behavior that has material effect. These are quasiparticles.
Seed germination illustrates that vital energy is the essentiality of life.
Warm water expands. The rate of sea level rise depends upon both how quickly the oceans warm and how fast polar ice melts. Recent historical research of the Greenland ice sheet discovered that melting has as much to do with how sustained warming is as how quickly it warms.
In 1955, when 2 million tonnes of plastic were produced globally, Life magazine celebrated the dawn of “throw-away living,” thanks to disposable plastics. 60 years later, in 2015, 406 million tonnes of plastic were produced worldwide; a figure that keeps rising at a meteoric rate.
Farming has long had outsized political pull, owing to the disproportionate electoral power of rural areas over cities in ostensible democracies. Farm subsidies and tariffs on agricultural imports are common throughout the world; highlighting the hypocrisy of capitalists, who proclaim free trade as a cardinal virtue.
In his continuing campaign to pull the wool over the flock’s eyes, evil shepherd Trump destroyed the map of the egregious pollution produced by his cohorts. Unchecked pollution has a checkered American history.
2.8 million Americans are sickened by antibiotic-resistant pathogens each year. 35,000 die for lack of effective treatment. Meanwhile, companies doing their best to develop effective new drugs are going bankrupt. The situation illustrates one way in which capitalism is misaligned with the well-being of society.
Crabs are an eminently successful group of thick-shelled, decapod crustaceans with a single pair of claws which are used like hands. Crabs live in all the world’s oceans, in fresh water, and on land. Despite having tiny brains, crabs are quite cagey.
Children attend to all that goes on. Range of attention naturally narrows into adulthood.
One of the most telling indicators of future success seen in young children is impulse control. Sense of time defines the quality of our lives.
Life on Earth emerged many times. Cells of several sorts arose, their chemistry and structures confined to certain parameters of potentiality. The possibilities were delimited by efficiencies and data facility. Indeed, information has always been the defining feature of life, as has been sharing.
As its fundamental foundation, the standard cosmological model assumes that the universe started 13.82 billion years ago, based upon the first light detected by a space telescope. Instead, the cosmos is much older.
The only chance humanity has to save itself from self-extinction this century is to become more humane and better organized. It doesn’t look good.
The daunting difficulty of climate modeling is compounded by their institutionalized production, thereby putting a conservative cast on uncertainty which increasingly looks recklessly optimistic.
Cognitive flexibility is a hallmark of intelligence, as bilingual children illustrate.
European Union fishing quotas illustrate the exploitative urge that assures self-extinction.
There is a correlation between physical fitness and mental acuity as we age. To stay keen, stay lean.
Enterprising microbes paved the way for large life on land by breaking bedrock into bits.
Out-of-body experiences are modest excursions compared to remote viewing.
Experiences where sensation occurs distant from the body have been reported throughout history. For most, this experience is rare – often stemming from physical trauma, such as surgery. A few can conjure out-of-body experiences at will.
Facing uncertainty, the mind informs its owner that the odds are 50:50, even when it knows better.
It’s a hoary myth that humans evolved big brains to handle their multitudinous relationships.
Bacterial marauders of animals slyly ply their craft.
Energy wave fronts make their way forward knowing exactly what they are doing: incorporating all relevant information of their environment as they propagate.