The line between man and machine is blurring to the extent that what previously seemed in the realm of science fiction is now science fact: humans with “super-abilities” who run faster, throw further, and hit harder than anyone else in the world.
The point of marriage is to grow old with someone and develop a sense of trust. Therefore, Christopher Ryan argues we need to take a "harm reduction approach" over an "absolutist approach."
Jesse Bering tells Big Think that humans have an "advanced social cognitive system" that allows us to "play back scenes in our heads, like a dirty movie theater." This cognitive ability makes us unique among animals, and it is a mechanism we use very often.
If we wish to honor our 21st century gods (technology, capitalism), we might do well to hold a competition that celebrates the achievements of the human mind, not the body.
Today Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times has posted a thoughtful blog about universal health coverage, inspired in part by the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado. I've been involved in the debate about universal health coverage since the days of the Clinton national health plan in 1994, most ...
What's the Big Idea? In the U.S., the weekends sandwiching the 4th of July are the most popular travel time of the year. The cherries are ripe, the pool water is swimmable, and flip-flops are starting to look like appropriate work apparel. Summer is finally, undeniably here, and so is (hopefully ...
Compiled here is a list of five microbes in our bodies to whom we owe our gratitude.
If a so-called "gay gene," exists, what is the evolutionary logic behind it? A new study offers evidence supporting the so-called "balancing selection hypothesis."
One of the most interesting of the (ridiculously) long list of documents my daughter had to provide in order to work here in France was a letter stating that she would not enter a polygamous marriage. Polygamy is illegal in France, so you might think this pledge is as redundant as pledging not to ...
The good news is that you don't have to wait for government action to take control of your own health. The bad news is it's not always easy. You have to go cold turkey.
What is the Big Idea? Human beings have biological clocks that are set to the path of the sun. But our modern lives disrupt this synchronization of internal and social clocks, causing permanent jet lag that might be the source of severe pathologies. Till Roenneberg, Interim Director of the ...
As Yogi Berra said of baseball, it is 90 percent mental, and "the other half is physical." This 'Yogi-ism' is equally applicable to tennis, a sport in which elite players need to be "intuitive physicists" in order to win at the highest level.
We don't know what the future will bring in terms of enhancement. But to be fundamentally opposed to it is to fundamentally opposed to the future of medical science.
Katie Hinde is the Director of the Comparative Lactation Laboratory at Harvard University. Her research examines mother's milk and how it contributes to infant development in humans and primates--including behavior, cognition and the brain. Here, she discusses the effects of breast milk on behavior, what she thinks human mothers should know and the recent (and controversial) Time magazine breastfeeding cover.