Cultural evolution produces hot garbage

Evolution is not a ladder. Even the tree metaphor is flawed because it gives the faulty impression of 'progress' upward. Evolution is only change in whatever direction leads to the most reproduction. Cultural evolution is the idea that our ideas and way of life evolves generation to generation much the way an organism does, based …

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Crows getting braver?

It seems that I see more and more crows walking the streets, picking at sidewalk trash in big crowds, not flying away when I come near... is it just me? Or are these birds becoming more a part of the city over time... It seems to me they've learned that humans are not really much …

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 …

Borne: why?

Finally finished this book, and I'm left with a lot of question. Mainly: what was the point? This post contains spoilers.   What was Borne's purpose? What was Morde's purpose? What was the magician trying to do, other than kill Morde? Was the whole story just an essay against scientific meddling? Borne, the most interesting …

brain cold

I've been sick the past couple days. Usually I don't feel like this, but it feels like my brain is being affected. I feel slower, confused, foggy. Usually I just feel tired and achy. I wonder if the cold virus will evolve to make people stupid while they are sick. It would lead to more …

Mind games

I've started reading 'The Glass Bead Game' by Herman Hesse, mainly because the title made me think of go. The story features a fictional game that is very abstract and deals with concepts and ideas as the 'pieces'. The players are intellectual elites who use pieces of knowledge or pieces of culture to play their games. The …

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 …