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Dead Wild Roses: Ruth Hubbard – The Political Nature of Human ‘Nature’

Clearing up some of the confusion about socialization and being ‘born that way’, Ruth Hubbard in this excerpt tackles the nature/nurture question head on. Read the whole article here. “We can visualize this kind of interaction or transformation by thinking about the interplay between biological and cultural factors that affects the ways boys and girls grow up […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Ruth Hubbard – The Political Nature of Human ‘Nature’

Things Are Good: Stop Worrying About Being Clean, Just be

We are obsessed with cleanliness in he developed world and it is likely killing us. The over use of cleaners in the built environment and the use of biochemical cleansers (like antibiotics) are weakening out immune system. They may also be negatively impacting our mental health as well. So relax with all that germaphobic behaviour. […]

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Dead Wild Roses: One Woman’s Examination of Trans-Racial versus Trans-Gendered

Hmmm. This is a delicate topic, but one worth investigating. For context, the people being referred to in the video are Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal.

Filed under: Feminism Tagged: Biology, Social Constructs, Transgender, Transracial

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Dead Wild Roses: Trauma, Stress, Addiction – Gabor Maté

Reading Mate’s book called In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. I’ve been unable to put this book down as his research and insight into addictions and associated behaviours dovetails snugly with the clientele I work with most days. Here is a brief excerpt from the chapter titled Trauma, Stress and the Biology of Addiction.

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reeves report: New ‘Tipping Point’ Model Could Help Predict Species Extinction

Snowshoe hares are facing increasing challenges as snow patterns shift dramatically as a result of climate change.

ENVIRONMENTAL “TIPPING POINTS” can provide researchers with valuable clues to detect when species . . . → Read More: reeves report: New ‘Tipping Point’ Model Could Help Predict Species Extinction

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Crazy Cats and Brain Parasites

It reads like a script for a scary movie: an alien parasite invading our brains, taking control of our minds, changing our behaviour silently, secretly; making us do what it wants. And it’s happening now, in homes across Canada and the USA. Alien puppet masters over-running the nation, one household at a time. But it’s . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Crazy Cats and Brain Parasites

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gut instincts

A story on Science Daily says research suggests our so-called “free will” may be less free than we ever imagined. We may, instead, be meat puppets ruled by the desires and cravings of the smallest symbiotes we carry: our gut bacteria. The story opens: It sounds like science fiction, but it seems that bacteria within . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Gut instincts

Politics, Re-Spun: Does BC’s Neglect of Poverty Constitute a Eugenics Plan?

There has been a great deal of talk in recent decades about the cycle of poverty, how it’s a vicious circle that children have difficulty getting out of.

Human chromosomes with telomeres stained fluorescent red. Copyright Nakamura et al.

It makes sense. If parents are short on economic resources, have to work multiple . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Does BC’s Neglect of Poverty Constitute a Eugenics Plan?

Things Are Good: In Plant Photosynthesis, Scientists See Clues for Improving Solar Energy Cells

Solar cells optimized to suit local light conditions, or made more efficient by using a broader part of the solar spectrum, are among the imaginative applications foreseen from ground-breaking new insights into plant photosynthesis pioneered in Canada.

Indeed new, more fully detailed knowledge of how plants and other living organisms convert sunlight into energy and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: In Plant Photosynthesis, Scientists See Clues for Improving Solar Energy Cells

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EVIDENCE ON THE EVOLUTION OF SNAKES     Snakes belong to the suborder Serpentes in the order Squamata (the scaled reptiles). There has been a considerable controversy over their evolutionary origin. The two basic theories are 1)they… . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2013-11-17 21:46:00

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EVIDENCE ON THE EVOLUTION OF SNAKES     Snakes belong to the suborder Serpentes in the order Squamata (the scaled reptiles). There has been a considerable controversy over their evolutionary origin. The two basic theories are 1)they evolved from terrestrial burrowing reptiles and 2)that they evolved from aquatic reptiles and are closely related to the extinct . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2013-11-17 20:46:00

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Infestations, Microbes & Parasites

Staphylococci, Corynebacteria, Actinobacteria, Clostridiales, and Bacilli. They’re the most common, but they’re not the only ones. Bacteria. Microbes. Yes, even parasites. Living in your belly button. And on your skin. Your hair. But the belly button flora and fauna fascinate me the most.* We’ve known ever since the microscope was invented that we had a . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Infestations, Microbes & Parasites

Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show generosity and cooperation are both natural and intelligent

A new study shows a mathematical proof that generosity leads to evolutionary success. Biologists offer a mathematically based explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in nature [Credit: Web] “Ever since Darwin,” Plotkin said, “biologists have been puzzled about why there is so much apparent cooperation, and even flat-out generosity and altruism, in nature.” . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: New studies show generosity and cooperation are both natural and intelligent

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Love, sympathy and mutual aid are natural – we have to be taught to be greedy little narcissists

During a California wildfire rescue workers ran out of crates to place rescued animals, forcing them to put a fawn and a bobcat kitten in an office together. When they got back they found that fawn and the bobcat cuddling and the pair became inseparable. Yes, compassion, love and solidarity are natural. […]

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Eclectic Lip: Paging Dr. Freud…

Logged on to desktop-Facebook recently.

Was greeted by these ads.

They were… disturbing.

I don’t even want to know what photos they used for the female or gay audience!

Perhaps this is some sort of bizarre homage to Renaissance painter Guiseppe Arcimbolo, colloquially known as “that crazy artist who painted people as if they . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Paging Dr. Freud…

Eclectic Lip: Software updates are flu shots

A nice metaphor for software updates.

Flu shots attempt to immunize people from the influenza virus, by exposing their immune systems to small doses of weakened or dead virus molecules. The idea is that this gives the immune system a “practise run” with a less-dangerous version of the influenza virus the patient might run . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Software updates are flu shots

Eclectic Lip: The surveillance state is an autoimmune disorder

Autoimmune disorders (Wikipedia prefers autoimmune diseases) occur when the body’s defenses — antibodies — no longer distinguish between healthy tissue and harmful cells. Instead of focusing on the dangerous antigens, they attack the body itself.

Type 1 diabetes is an example, where the patient’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing regions of the pancreas. Blood insulin . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The surveillance state is an autoimmune disorder

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The colonization of land by life pushed back in time

A recent story on Science Daily made me stop and read with fascination. It’s about the discovery of fossils that showed life colonized land more than two billion years ago. That’s a shocker, because all indicators are that the Earth was a hostile place, land was barren, and life was a lot simpler. But apparently . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The colonization of land by life pushed back in time

Dead Wild Roses: Science and Beer? – On Biodiversity

One of the few times that adding beer to the equation will make things better – an analogy between competition and diversity in the forest, and the supermarket.

 

And no, you may not have a Dude Beer. : )

 

 

Filed under: Humour, Science Tagged: Beer, Biology, Diversity, Science

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The Scott Ross: Understanding The Mechanics of Human Nature

In regards to defining who we are, for all the importance we place on immaterial feelings, it is ironic that what is thought to make us human is that what makes us the most mechanical. Just as hearing a small baby laugh makes us instantly smile, seein… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Understanding The Mechanics of Human Nature

Eclectic Lip: Mitt’s bad day (wasn’t nearly as bad as the dinosaurs’)

As expected by everyone outside the American right-wing echo chamber, Obama handily defeated Romney in the US election. In the weeks leading up to the election, pollster Nate Silver (who posts at the New York Times) came under such ferocious criticism from Fox News & friends, for purportedly “skewing” his results to inflate predictions in […] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Mitt’s bad day (wasn’t nearly as bad as the dinosaurs’)

Eclectic Lip: The biology of phishing

Some nefarious group recently made a phishing attempt against me, trying to lure me into providing bank account information in response to an Official Looking email.

Presumably, the combination of spam filters and alert consumers means phishing has a very, very low success rate. Fortunately for criminals, email has virtually no incremental cost: you can . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: The biology of phishing