Man and Beast

When you get down to it, evolution is a self-perpetuating process of learning from mistakes (and occasional serendipitous good fortune). Survival of the fittest… Mammals developed the ability to propel themselves out of the water on their flippers — and away from the gaping, razor-toothed, mouths of the sea-dwellers looking for their next meal. The… Read more Man and Beast

God yes, religion no…

Anthropologists believe that the big breakthrough for our species, about 85,000 years ago, was the invention of language. Language made it possible for our ancestors to collaborate more closely, share knowledge and pass it down through generations. Most importantly it also gave them the ability to formulate abstract thought, allowing them to play out “what… Read more God yes, religion no…

Did Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 fly for over six hours with no living crew?

High ranking among the scenarios that could explain the missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370 is that a frantic effort to subdue an attempt by passengers to storm the plane’s cockpit led to the catastrophic decompression of the aircraft, killing all aboard. The plane then, under the control of its flight computer, flew on as a… Read more Did Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 fly for over six hours with no living crew?

The Honourable Mayor Rob Ford – a Canadian wish for Christmas

It is indeed ironic that the title of a mayor is “His (or her) Honour” because honour is at the very top of the list of words that should not be used in the same sentence as Rob Ford. Of course the same holds true for “the Honourable” Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick… Read more The Honourable Mayor Rob Ford – a Canadian wish for Christmas

The Big Intelligence Test – nanobots coming soon…

From the time humankind first realized the immensity of our universe, scientists have been wondering why we have not yet found any evidence of intelligent life somewhere out there. As our telescopes and related technology have improved, the mystery has deepened, because the odds against our being alone keep growing. The current estimate of total… Read more The Big Intelligence Test – nanobots coming soon…

What we can learn from the island of Milao

I only realized that the island of Milao could have real importance to anybody when I received a blog comment from Christian Holata of Vienna, Austria. Christian drew my attention to the Zeitgeist movement and the Venus Project. When I did some research I found that the core recommendation of those two projects is that… Read more What we can learn from the island of Milao