MachineMachine /stream - tagged with evolution https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[The Coronavirus Is Much Worse Than You Think | Psychology Today]]> https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/202002/the-coronavirus-is-much-worse-you-think

Ask yourself the following: Would you feel confident taking an over-the-counter medication if you were 98 percent sure it would work safely? Would you dare to gamble all your savings in a one-off scheme in which you had a 98 percent chance of losing it all? The coronavirus is a similar no-brainer.

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Sun, 01 Mar 2020 19:17:23 -0800 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-mind-and-brain/202002/the-coronavirus-is-much-worse-you-think
<![CDATA[Early humans domesticated themselves, new genetic evidence suggests | Science | AAAS]]> https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/early-humans-domesticated-themselves-new-genetic-evidence-suggests

When humans started to tame dogs, cats, sheep, and cattle, they may have continued a tradition that started with a completely different animal: us.

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Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:36:43 -0800 https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/early-humans-domesticated-themselves-new-genetic-evidence-suggests
<![CDATA[Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/computers-evolve-a-new-path-toward-human-intelligence-20191106/

In 2007, Kenneth Stanley, a computer scientist at the University of Central Florida, was playing with Picbreeder, a website he and his students had created, when an alien became a race car and changed his life.

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Sat, 09 Nov 2019 10:51:26 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/computers-evolve-a-new-path-toward-human-intelligence-20191106/
<![CDATA[The Arrogance of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/

On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told.

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Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:05:08 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/
<![CDATA[Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars

‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan office at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. It was a sunny afternoon, a Thursday, one of three designated weekdays Musk spends at SpaceX.

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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:50 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars
<![CDATA[Fungal Hallucinogens Send Cicadas on Sex Binges After Their Genitals Fall Off]]> https://www.sciencealert.com/fungal-hallucinogens-cause-cicadas-to-go-on-sex-binges-after-they-lose-their-genitals

In latest gruesome nature news, scientists have discovered new details on a fungus that compels its cicada hosts to mate long after their genitals have gone and their bodies have turned into what one researcher colourfully describes as 'flying salt shakers of death'.

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Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:44:41 -0700 https://www.sciencealert.com/fungal-hallucinogens-cause-cicadas-to-go-on-sex-binges-after-they-lose-their-genitals
<![CDATA[0AZ: Alien Rhythms]]> http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html

There was only one thing that I didn't like. In the very back of the garage, near the canisters, I could see something silvery. That hadn't been there before.

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Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:46:26 -0700 http://zinzrinz.blogspot.com/2019/04/alien-rhythms.html
<![CDATA[Natural’s Not in It — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/

If the 20th century promised better living through chemistry, the 21st century has promised better living through digital technology.

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Sat, 23 Mar 2019 20:44:08 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/naturals-not-in-it/
<![CDATA[Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why? - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html

It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent. To demonstrate how smart an octopus can be, Piero Amodio points to a YouTube video. It shows an octopus pulling two halves of a coconut shell together to hide inside.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:03 -0800 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/science/animal-intelligence-octopus-cephalopods.html
<![CDATA[Speculative biology: understanding the past and predicting our future | Science | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future

In 1981, a remarkable book was published: After Man: A Zoology of the Future, by Dougal Dixon.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:35 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/30/speculative-biology-understanding-the-past-and-predicting-our-future
<![CDATA[The macabre world of mind-controlling parasites – Science & research news | Frontiers]]> https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/05/15/psychology-parasites-insect-behavior/

The gruesome new field of neuro-parasitology could provide insights into the neurological basis for behavior and decision-making — By Conn Hastings Imagine a parasite that makes an animal change its habits, guard the parasite’s offspring or even commit suicide.

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Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:30 -0700 https://blog.frontiersin.org/2018/05/15/psychology-parasites-insect-behavior/
<![CDATA[What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?]]> https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun

My friend June Thunderstorm and I once spent a half an hour sitting in a meadow by a mountain lake, watching an inchworm dangle from the top of a stalk of grass, twist about in every possible direction, and then leap to the next stalk and do the same thing.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:27:22 -0700 https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun
<![CDATA[The Thermodynamic Theory of Ecology | Quanta Magazine]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thermodynamic-theory-of-ecology-20140903/

The Western Ghats in India rise like a wall between the Arabian Sea and the heart of the subcontinent to the east.

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Fri, 12 Jan 2018 03:11:16 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thermodynamic-theory-of-ecology-20140903/
<![CDATA[New Species May Arise From Random Mutations | Quanta Magazine]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-species-may-arise-from-random-mutations-20150505/

Honeycreepers, small birds inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands, have a rich assortment of beak shapes. Some species have long, thin beaks suited to plucking insects from leaves. Others possess thick beaks good for cracking open tough seeds.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:53 -0800 https://www.quantamagazine.org/new-species-may-arise-from-random-mutations-20150505/
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:31:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[What constitutes an individual organism in biology? | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/what-constitutes-an-individual-organism-in-biology

When she was two years old, I took my daughter to the American Museum of Natural History for the first time. As we strolled through the displays of taxidermy animals, she would waddle towards each one, and point and ask what we were looking at.

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Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:24 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/what-constitutes-an-individual-organism-in-biology
<![CDATA[The Thoughts of a Spiderweb | Quanta Magazine]]> https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thoughts-of-a-spiderweb-20170523/

Millions of years ago, a few spiders abandoned the kind of round webs that the word “spiderweb” calls to mind and started to focus on a new strategy. Before, they would wait for prey to become ensnared in their webs and then walk out to retrieve it.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:19 -0700 https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-thoughts-of-a-spiderweb-20170523/
<![CDATA[Amia Srinivasan reviews ‘Other Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith and ‘The Soul of an Octopus’ by Sy Montgomery · LRB 7 September 2017]]> https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n17/amia-srinivasan/the-sucker-the-sucker

In 1815, 15 years before he made his most famous print, The Great Wave, Hokusai published three volumes of erotic art. In one of them there is a woodcut print known in English as ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife’ and in Japanese as ‘Tako to ama’, ‘Octopus and Shell Diver’.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:11 -0700 https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n17/amia-srinivasan/the-sucker-the-sucker
<![CDATA[Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/controversial-new-theory-suggests-life-wasnt-a-fluke-of-biologyit-was-physics/

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:32 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/controversial-new-theory-suggests-life-wasnt-a-fluke-of-biologyit-was-physics/