“There’s not a shred of evidence that humans can change their genes in a permanent way via changes in our lifestyle,” writes Jerry Coyne, from the University of Chicago’s Department of Ecology & Evolution

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The woo: Chopra and Tanzi have long intimated that modification of behavior can modify one’s DNA by changing your genes epigenetically… Continue reading

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“Gambling disorder has point prevalence of around 0.5–2% across the globe, and is highly comorbid with other mental health disorders.”

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  • Neuroimaging data suggest structural and functional abnormalities of networks involved in reward processing and top-down control.
  • Gambling disorder shows 50–60% heritability and it is likely that various neurochemical systems are implicated in the pathophysiology (including dopaminergic, glutamatergic, serotonergic, noradrenergic, and opioidergic).
  • Elevated rates of certain personality traits (e.g. negative urgency, disinhibition), and personality disorders, are found.

“Languages in hotter, more forested regions such as the tropics tended to be “sonorous,” employing lower frequency sounds and using fewer distinct consonants, whereas languages in colder, drier, more mountainous places were consonant-heavy,”

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One possible explanation for why vowel-rich languages appear more frequently in the tropics is that they travel farther than languages dominated by rapid-fire, high-frequency consonants, which lose their fidelity in humid, forested environments, he says. Heat and humidity interrupt sound, as do solid tree branches and leaves, he adds. Continue reading

“…we can already be sure that quantum mechanics is the correct description of the world at the smallest, most fundamental scales.”

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 In fact, we test that assumption every day. Most of our modern technology depends on it. The semiconductor transistors that govern the behavior of our cell phones, our computers, our cars, and many other electronic devices are based on quantum-mechanical principles associated with the electronics that drive their computing capability.

Duh – Yes, Humans Are Great Apes

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If you look up the family Hominidae, you’ll see that it includes all the “great apes”: orangutans, chimps (both common chimps and bonobos), gorillas, and humans. In other words, we are “great apes”. We are also “hominids”, a term once used to refer to every species on “our” side of the evolutionary tree since we diverged from the ancestors of the other apes, but now hominids refers to all the hominidae, and the former “hominid” is now “hominin“.   Finally, we are in the more inclusive superfamily Hominoidea[3], which are all apes, including the great apes and the gibbons.

Oh oh – “I met people that are far more successful online than I am, and they are just as miserable and lonely and scared and lost. We all are.”

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“Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real. It’s contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other. It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, success in followers. It’s perfectly orchestrated self absorbed judgement,” she posted announcing her decision.

A caption on an image now reads: “Was paid $400 to post a dress.” It goes on to state: “I know of many online brands (with big budgets) that pay up to $2000 per post.”