Is There Anybody Home?
If Intelligence comes knocking, will we have enough energy left to answer the door?
Back in my university-years, I spent many extra-curricula hours debating the existence of God over beer and pizza. I thought the issue was all sorted, but judging by the BigThink fourm, apparently not. The subscriber-base seems equally divided between the godders and the non-godders, leading to lots of related traffic. While all forms of mental-exercise can be worthwhile, there could be the danger that overemphasis on this topic could create a background-buzz that totally obscures any sign of intelligent thoughts and comments on other equally-worthy topics.
This leads to another thought... The rate of adding ideas has increased dramatically, but there is also a corresponding rise in the rate of repetition. Theoretically, idea-growth should be slowed by contributors having to research ideas already in place, before adding their own. There is evidence that this may not be happening, with members sometimes taking the short-cut and posting blindly, regardless of the quality or originality of the idea. If BigThink is to maintain a high-standard, this practice should be discouraged.
The effort in an idea is not the having of it, but rather the research required to determine its value [ could that be another quotable-quote? ].
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
The comics titan worked for more than half a century to revolutionize and add nuance to the comics industry, and he built a vast community of fans along the way.
- Lee died shortly after being rushed to an L.A. hospital. He had been struggling with multiple illnesses over the past year, reports indicate.
- Since the 1950s, Lee has been one of the most influential figures in comics, helping to popularize heroes that expressed a level of nuance and self-doubt previously unseen in the industry.
- Lee, who's later years were marked by some financial and legal tumult, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.
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