Birds will inherit the world

After humans are extinct, birds will be the next to conquer the world with their minds. We've already seen that ravens and crows can understand death, solve complex puzzles, and remember human faces--now it seems they can plan for the future at least as well as a human child. What would a world ruled by …

Alternate Worlds: in which sleeping you is the real you

When you are asleep, your mind is at its true potential, in full conscious awareness, contemplating higher thoughts and imagining the truth of the universe. While you are 'awake' you stumble through life hardly aware of anything but your immediate surroundings, and your 'sleeping' self has no time for this you, only even thinking about …

Dependence on technology

My blog post yesterday was late because I set the posting time for 1130 PM instead of AM, and just trusted it to post at the usual time. I recently read that people who rely on GPS learn the streets of their area slower, and with less accuracy. I always have been a proponent of …

Trading instincts for intelligence

I thought the other day about how animals know what to eat and how to find it, seemingly from birth. Do animals accidentally eat poisonous or harmful things? It doesn't seem like it. But we humans, we don't know how to eat, how to catch food, how to prepare it, until we're taught. We don't …

Dead Snow

I watched this zombie movie on Halloween and was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a stupid gorefest with maybe a couple laughs, and what I got was actually a well crafted monster movie. One thing that a lot of these type movies don't understand is that if you play your hand too early, the audience …