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11:28PM

Brain-Dead Religion

It is extremely common to read textbooks or magazine articles which state that the brain is responsible for consciousness and cognition. This is nothing more than religious rubbish posing as science. Neurobiology is to psychology what astrology is to astronomy.

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3:43PM

Light

Modern physics is founded upon exploration of light.

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2:48PM

America Armed

The 2nd and 3rd amendments to the US Constitution were noncontroversial when they were passed. Both these amendments, taken together, were intended to prevent a military state, and to constrain the state from oppressing citizens. Neither worked as intended.

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4:34PM

Concepts

The mind is a symbolic processor, incessantly shuffling concepts. All that we experience or know are nothing more than the play of concepts.

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2:13AM

Statistical Attainment

No one reasonably doubts that inheritance plays a significant role in offspring traits. Does this extend to academic achievement? One would certainly think so.

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1:12AM

The Great Disrupter

The elevation of Donald Trump to the American presidency has spelt a dismal descent in political leadership, and more than suggests a systemic decay in the American way of life. Selfsame corruption haunts other societies. But Trump's ascendency cast a stark spotlight on the nation that was the erstwhile leader of the free world.

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4:49PM

The Pain of Altruism

All vertebrates feel pain. Pain functions to alert an animal to potential damage and to reduce activity after trauma.

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6:07PM

Cosmic Obesity

According to a conjecture called cosmic inflation, just after the Big Bang, before many of the fundamental physics forces had even taken hold, the size of the universe mushroomed from next to nothing to the size of a dime; at an expansion rate faster than the speed of light.

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3:40PM

Bird's Eye View

The United States space agency NASA has taken a peek at the Earth below, and found: "the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity" as well as "the economic stratification of society into elites and masses (or 'commoners')." In that regard, "accumulated surplus is not evenly distributed throughout society, but rather has been controlled by an elite. The mass of the population, while producing the wealth, is only allocated a small portion of it by elites, usually at or just above subsistence levels."

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11:50PM

Cell Tails

Almost all cells - whether prokaryote or eukaryote - have tails. Eukaryotes evolved from a tail-bearing prokaryote. Only seed-producing plants have cells without tails, though their genomes retain the knowledge.

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