Our broken mental models are at the root of our global systemic crises

by Ugo Bardi and David Packer edited by O Society Jan 15, 2020 Old and new media produce an unprecedented tide drawing us into a sea of competing mental models of the world. Even in a “post-fact world,” we link bits of information together to form these mental models, a.k.a. “intuition.” Most of us try … Continue reading Our broken mental models are at the root of our global systemic crises

Signaling: The Language Peacocks, Gazelles, and Humans All Speak

Signaling and countersignaling are open/ hidden methods of communicating with each other. We do these consciously/ unconsciously “prove” we are who and what we claim to be. by Farnam Street edited by O Society Nov 21, 2019 The Basics We are constantly signaling. Every minute of the day, we send signals to others to convey we are intelligent, … Continue reading Signaling: The Language Peacocks, Gazelles, and Humans All Speak

Run Lolo, Run! CBD: Is It Crap or Not Crap?

Today on Dichotomy Theater Game Show, we ask the question is Cannabidiol real or fake? You decide! By voting! By likes! By popularity! Is it InstaCrap or Not InstaCrap? by Daniel Roberts edited by O Society Nov 6, 2019 Every week, another current or former pro athlete endorses a CBD brand!!! The list of CBD endorsers runs … Continue reading Run Lolo, Run! CBD: Is It Crap or Not Crap?

I Was Not Taught Where Humans Come From in School

Many Americans - myself included, schooled in Texas - never learn about human evolution by Olga Khazan edited by O Society October 24, 2019 Here’s what I remember from biology class at my public high school in Texas: We learned everything there is to know about the Krebs cycle. We collected bugs in the heat … Continue reading I Was Not Taught Where Humans Come From in School

Rooted: What Can Trees Teach Us About Life?

by Dalia Nassar edited by O Society October 18, 2019 Place yourself on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, near the Franz Josef Glacier. Officially, this forest is a temperate podocarp-hardwood rainforest, but these dry words belie the rich diversity of plant life around, encompassing every imaginable shade of green, brown and … Continue reading Rooted: What Can Trees Teach Us About Life?

Social Darwinism and Fitness

"Yes, change is the basic law of nature. However, the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species who survives; it is not the strongest who survives; but rather the species who survives is … Continue reading Social Darwinism and Fitness

The Whole-Planet View

https://youtu.be/OqGDv0KCJl8 by Rosalind Watts, Sam Gandy, and Alex Evans edited by O Society September 19, 2019 In 1966, on a rooftop overlooking San Francisco, the writer Stewart Brand felt that he could perceive the curvature of the Earth, an effect of the psychedelic substance he had consumed. He wondered why no one had photographed the Earth … Continue reading The Whole-Planet View