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Apparently, according to some, the tragedy of eukaryote evolution is a difference between men and women

According to some: Every single problem currently haunting our culture would go away had the history of life not taken one really, really tragic step: the evolution of eukaryotic from prokaryotic life. Read More ›

Has the Smithsonian converted to creationism about crocodiles?

At the Smithsonian: Surviving crocodiles did not change throughout millions of years because they arrived at an equilibrium where they were efficient and versatile enough that they did not need to evolve to exist, reports the Conversation. Read More ›

Michael Egnor: From a medical perspective, “consciousness” adds nothing to the description of mental states

In his view, “ “Consciousness ” is a meaningless term that too often misleads us, and it shouldn’t be used in medicine, neuroscience, or philosophy: “Consciousness” is a very vague term and, ultimately, I don’t think it has any useful meaning at all, apart from other categories such as sensation, perception, imagination, reason etc. Aristotle had no distinct term for it. Nor do I think did any of the ancient or medieval philosophers. Consciousness is a modern term that seems to subsume all of the sensate powers of the soul — sensation, perception, sensus communis, imagination, memory, sensory appetite, etc. … The difficulty in defining “consciousness” is well recognized in medicine. For example, I ask medical students and residents who Read More ›