Neuroscientist Joel Frohlich proposes a test of whether the computer, isolated from the internet, understands what conscious experience is like.
Source: How WOULD We Know If an AI Is Conscious? | Mind Matters
A new study has found the first evidence of sophisticated breathing organs in 450-million-year-old sea creatures. Contrary to previous thought, trilobites were leg breathers, with structures resembling gills hanging off their thighs.
Source: 450-million-year-old sea creatures had a leg up on breathing: First evidence of trilobites’ bizarre breathing organs uncovered — ScienceDaily
The data of the eonic effect in world history gives us one of the few direct observations of ‘evolution’ that we have, albeit of civilizations. But the evolution of man in deep time mos…
Source: The strange cancel culture of Darwin fanatics backfires on the whole profession of biologists, caught in a closed mindset – 1848+: The End(s) of History
Early humans were just as innovative inland as on the coast, new research from the southern Kalahari Desert in Africa suggests.
Source: New discoveries fundamentally change the picture of human evolution – CNN
New research shows that ancient southern Kalahari was more important to human evolution than previously thought.
Source: Where did human evolution begin? — Quartz Africa
The Saturday Morning Lectures series recently featured an excellent presentation by Dr. David Sivak.
Source: Evolution Is NOT an Engineer | Evolution News
We are made of stardust, the saying goes, and a pair of studies finds that may be more true than we previously thought.
Source: From stardust to pale blue dot: Carbon’s interstellar journey to Earth — ScienceDaily
Don’t let the title of this review fool you. The new (awfully named) polemical documentary Seaspiracy, now streaming on Netflix, gets a lot right, but its shortcomings undermine its potential positive influence. Following the journey of 27-year-old director Ali Tabrizi as he explores what the hell is going on with our oceans, we are informed, More
Source: What Netflix’s Seaspiracy Gets Wrong – CounterPunch.org
Biologists use commonly-found insects that engage in cannibalism to prove a key evolutionary concept.
Source: Pantry moths who eat each other prove a key principle of evolution – Big Think
A new study is the first to identify how human brains grow much larger, with three times as many neurons, compared with chimpanzee and gorilla brains. The study identified a key molecular switch that can make ape brain organoids grow more like human organoids, and vice versa.
Source: How humans develop larger brains than other apes — ScienceDaily