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  1. It definitely happened, although humans (and...

    There have been some examples of reptiles that care for the young over the long term, including the Cretaceous, mosasaurs and other marine reptiles who evidently bore live young. Many dinosaurs did...
  2. I think one of the key questions is what would...

    I think one of the key questions is what would cause the ability of humans to emerge. Probably this begins long before our species existed, and starts with increased parental investment and a...
  3. The distinctive features of homo sapiens isn't...

    The distinctive features of homo sapiens isn't just our cognition, but also a number of other traits that have likely evolved with a synergistic effect on each other. So if your basis for...
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    I've kept my Microbiology text from college for...

    I've kept my Microbiology text from college for 14 years, finally it pays off.
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    This is just what I needed after a year of poetry...

    This is just what I needed after a year of poetry and being locked out of the library: dense, challenging text. I'm planning to go end-to-end across both volumes, page by page, despite it being about...
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    I ended up making Hummus and Olive Tapenade a few...

    I ended up making Hummus and Olive Tapenade a few times and loved them both, but it's a bit of a process to do regularly. I need to remember to look for store bought Hummus next time I'm grocery...
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    I saved myself some money doing my own reno...

    I saved myself some money doing my own reno recently, so treated myself to a fresh copy of Max Weber's two volume Economy and Society (at 120 CDN). I've been trawling my local book store waiting for...
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    Yea I know, it's a bit counter-intuitive. I was...

    What? How is that part controversial?


    Our comapny has been supporting this for a while now. People are pretty invested. They take circuitous routes in the office, saying, “gotta get my...
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    It's all about portion size, and the total...

    It's all about portion size, and the total calories you're consuming in a day. Fruit packs a pretty good nutritional benefit, not a big issue if eaten in moderation

    The problem with most people's...
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    Well, if you want a serious answer I'd say a...

    So that’s the debate. Is it appropriate to make it harder for people to be healthy, especially during a health challenge?

    Is it inappropriate for a person to say, can we not have a continuously...
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    This kind of thing is a problem in our office...

    This kind of thing is a problem in our office too, but people like it. I find it funny that it's just assumed that I want chocolate, donuts, etc. But most of the time it's true: put food out and...
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    This is my favourite code snippet: ...

    This is my favourite code snippet:



    if(afterFourPM) {
    shutDownIDE();
    eatSteak();
    getLaid();
    }
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    I'm definitely not trying to claim that the brain...

    I'm definitely not trying to claim that the brain isn't doing much, I'm just trying to define what it's actually doing. The human brain is extremely complex, and responsible for intricate behaviour....
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    When you think of an individual body like a...

    Seems like a terrible waste of complexity when the brain requires so much energy to operate. Consider how few neurons are required by the honey bee or migrating birds in order to accomplish...
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    I'm referring to the sum total of our brain's...

    I'm referring to the sum total of our brain's architecture and how it's adapted to human life over time. The traditional notion is that humans are defined by their intelligence, where I'm arguing...
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    I said their cultural identity, not culture. Two...

    Somehow you lose me when you say their culture was changed "without much fuss". Define "fuss".[/QUOTE]I said their cultural identity, not culture. Two completely different things.
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    I didn't say intelligence isn't required to...

    As a social species we have empathy. The ability to see our self in others and others in ourselves. Plus an array of physical attributes that foster communication between individuals. And we're...
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    A little bit on this. I'm of the belief that one...

    A little bit on this. I'm of the belief that one of the major paradigms of human evolution is the ability (or propensity) to adapt and conform to the culture one is born in. The interesting part of...
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    It'd be interesting to define what we're meaning...

    It'd be interesting to define what we're meaning by 'model' here. I'm taking that to mean a definition of larger patterns and insights that help dictate behaviour, or just integrated solutions that...
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    I'm not sure if you fully understood. Human needs...

    I might have already mentioned that I think that your raise-d'etre of the brain is to coordinate stimulus-response interactions in order to increase efficiency. Of course there are genetically...
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    Right, but the question is what is the function...

    Right, but the question is what is the function of thought. That thought helps us to negotiate the world is implied in the OP, but the question is how it accomplishes this, what it is actually doing....
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    The AI angle is interesting, though. I wonder if...

    The AI angle is interesting, though. I wonder if one of the difficulties in replicating human intelligence is that biology implies a raise-d'etre. That is, human behavior is intrinsically placed...
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    Of course there are many things more harmful than...

    Of course there are many things more harmful than Cannabis, but it is fair to try to characterize pot in isolation.

    For the most part, I agree that it's harmless for most people, and on average...
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    Well I think when you break it down most of human...

    As a computer programmer you should be intrigued by how model making could be accomplished out of raw data. I have a BS in Computer Engineering but I've never heard of an application that does that...
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    Creating models sounds about right. There is an...

    I have conscious thoughts as well as unconscious thoughts. Why some thoughts are conscious and some aren't is an excellent question in itself. Thoughts are what the brain does in order to organize...
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