Daily Archives: April 17, 2010

Ye shall be as gods

And with technology like that depicted in the video below, you can have the illusion of your home being anywhere. Over time, as technologies like this one spread, will our will to fight for real land be weakened? I mean, who will … Continue reading

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One of the best books that you’ve never heard of

Inspired by Jerry Coyne’s call for a spring book reading list here, I’d like to offer to readers here the best book that you’ve probably never heard of: Hazel Barnes’s Humanistic Existentialism: The Literature of Possibility  (University of Nebraska Press 1959), … Continue reading

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Lee Berger: the Donald Johanson of the 21st century?

Back in the 1970s, Donald Johanson famously discovered Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). And this past week, Lee Berger announced the discovery of what may prove to be an even more dramatic hominid find, a creature that he has dubbed Australopithecus sediba. I can’t, … Continue reading

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Australopithecus sediba: a hominid discovery of historic importance—even outstripping Lucy?

Three newly discovered South African hominids—an 11-year-old child, an infant, and a 30-year-old mother—and dubbed Australopithecus sediba, are a very big deal: they represent a hominid transition perhaps every bit as important as “Lucy” (if not more so) in offering clues to our human origins. The … Continue reading

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