By Design: Storytelling Reveals Human Exceptionalism

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That humans enjoy being made to wait seems to have been deliberately built into us. It’s unique in nature, an intelligent design. Source
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Is Life After Death Incompatible with Physics?

Adam Frank, Bernardo Kastrup, Big Think, Bruce Greyson, Chronicle of Higher Education, Closer to Truth, consciousness, David Chalmers, death, hard problem of consciousness, life after death, moral choice, near-death experiences, neuroscience, Neuroscience & Mind, Neuroscience News, npr, physics, Physics, Earth & Space, reason, science, Scientific American, Sean M. Carroll, Standard Model
In 2011, Sean Carroll wrote an essay on why — from a science perspective — our minds must be extinguished at death Source
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Possible Cave “Proto-Writing” Challenges Slow Evolution of Human Consciousness

Ben Bacon, birth cycle, cave paintings, consciousness, Durham University, Europe, Evolution, Human Origins, humans, hunter-gatherers, Ice Age, Live Science, Melanie Chang, Neanderthals, paleontology, Paul Pettitt, Portland State University, reproductive cycles, science, University College London
London-based wood carving conservator Ben Bacon has, with academic colleagues, shaken up Ice Age paleontology. Source
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Can Animals Be Held Criminally Responsible?

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While the idea is handled provocatively in philosophy literature, in practice, animals are envisioned as plaintiffs, not defendants, in animal rights cases. Source
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Brain Scientist: Consciousness Didn’t Evolve; It Creates Evolution

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Donald Hoffman says that even the Big Bang must be understood in a universe where consciousness is fundamental. Source
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Can a Dog Be Bred to Be as Smart as a Human?

Albert Einstein, American Kennel Club, anatomy, Border Collie, brain, Charles Fawole, consciousness, Dogs, Flynn Effect, humans, intelligence, Jean Marie Bauhaus, Kurt Gödel, Marilyn vos Savant, neurological capability, neuroscience, Neuroscience & Mind, Payton Pearson, Psychology Today, science, Stanley Coren, University of British Columbia
An enterprising electrical engineer, Payton Pearson, thinks it can be done. There are reasons for doubt. Source
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