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  • perpetuallyphil 3:17 am on August 11, 2009 Permalink |
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    grey matters 

    “The cuddle chemical has a dark side. Oxytocin – a hormone thought to play a role in maternal bonding, trust and even attraction – amplifies feelings of envy and gloating, research suggests……

    Studies with humans, on the other hand, have suggested that oxytocin makes us more likely to trust others, find them attractive, and remember their faces. We even receive a flood of the stuff when we play with our pooches……

    [during a research study] On average, oxytocin boosted feelings of envy during financial losses. Similarly, volunteers on oxytocin experienced more schadenfreude versus a placebo in trials where they won more money than their opponent. Shamay-Tsoory contends that her team’s results don’t contradict prior work suggesting a cheerier role for the cuddle chemical. “We know that envy and gloating are social emotions and also related to attachment and love,” she says. “We think it’s reasonable that oxytocin will also increase these social emotions…..”

    Volunteers who played a game involving monetary gains and losses felt more envy after an imaginary opponent’s wins if they had received a dose of oxytocin, compared with a placebo. Similarly, oxytocin boosted feelings of schadenfreude – pleasure at another’s misfortune – after volunteers won more money than their opponent…… ”

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    full article of this mash-up from new scientist.

    noting the previously posted floral consciousness and the seemingly inherent need to transcend our binding biology, this points to just another way we get trapped into thinking we are not infinite beings co-existing with other infinite beings who in reality are not really seprate from us at all…. Pan shows himself again… oh Pan, no fun with you, no fun without you.

     
  • perpetuallyphil 6:25 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink |
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    Evolution’s third replicator 

    “WE HUMANS have let loose something extraordinary on our planet – a third replicator – the consequences of which are unpredictable and possibly dangerous.

    What do I mean by “third replicator”? The first replicator was the gene – the basis of biological evolution. The second was memes – the basis of cultural evolution. I believe that what we are now seeing, in a vast technological explosion, is the birth of a third evolutionary process. We are Earth’s Pandoran species, yet we are blissfully oblivious to what we have let out of the box…..

    …..

    Putting it that way makes the answer easier to see. Memes are a new kind of information – behaviours rather than DNA – copied by a new kind of machinery – brains rather than chemicals inside cells. This is a new evolutionary process because all of the three critical stages – copying, varying and selection – are done by those brains. So does the same apply to new technology?

    There is a new kind of information: electronically processed binary information rather than memes. There is also a new kind of copying machinery: computers and servers rather than brains. But are all three critical stages carried out by that machinery?….”

    full article via newscientist

     
    • homad 7:48 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      Robot attacked a Swedish Factory Worker
      http://www.thelocal.se/19120.html

    • tallbridge 11:32 pm on August 5, 2009 Permalink

      thats pretty wild phil….my mycelium studies have taken another step when i finally saw something that was actually quite obvious

      plants need a mycelial network to spawn the type of growth that exists and there’s certainly evidence to suggest humans becoming more like plants….mycelium rolled around for a few million years before the flora we know of today started to take off

      i guess all the television providers in the us have around 100 million subscribers combined
      facebook has something like 500 million users now
      obviously there’s probably 250 million inactive facebook accounts…but still

      they really need to graph the internet again…that last one was in 2005 and now w/ all the syndication it probably just looks like a double torus spinning its face off (or that picture above)

      i haven’t read the whole article yet, i’ll post some more later

      i guess the web is a creature of pure information…

    • untamedyawp 5:37 pm on August 6, 2009 Permalink

      really interesting…
      “A living creature, once just a vehicle of the first replicator, was now the copying machinery for the next.”
      it’s really crazy how attaching symbolic words to human observed and participated phenomenon all the sudden makes those phenomenon seem so real.

      all the microcosms of the macrocosm are lining up getting ready for blast off.

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