The latest in pop science: The selfish superorganism

From New York mag: In a new paper, “Humans As Superorganisms,” Peter Kramer and Paola Bressan of the University of Padua describe a typical human body as a teeming mass of what they call “selfish entities.” Picture a tree warped by fungus, wrapped with vines, dotted at the base with mushrooms and flowers, and marked, Read More…

Why materialist neuroscience is dying and why it matters

We’ve talked about this. ‘Why Malcolm Gladwell matters and why it unfortunate,” this cognitive scientist sums it up: UI don’t think the main flaw is oversimplification (though that is a problem: Einstein was right when he—supposedly—advised that things be made as simple as possible, but no simpler). As I wrote in my own review, the Read More…