Oh oh! Evolved to Consume Totally Selfishly…

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New research in game theory shows that people are naturally predisposed to over-use “common-pool resources”…”At a Nash equilibrium, people selfishly select options that will yield the highest benefit for them, often to the detriment of their collective benefit.”

Evolved to Kill to Get…

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“…violence is more common in species that are more territorial as well as those that are more social, for territoriality and sociality breeds inter- and intragroup competition for mates, food, and territory. And of course if a species is social or territorial, its relatives are likely to be social and territorial.”

Human Exceptionalism Fail: “Bees have good moods, too”

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“Mood can influence our impression of ambiguous stimuli. Perry et al. show that such emotional-state biases are present in bumblebees, a finding that greatly increases the breadth of taxa in which such emotional influences are found.

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“Humans emerged from a very long lineage of species – great apes and before them the primates – that all expressed relatively high levels of lethal violence,”

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“When you immerse an animal in a particular environment, it evolves genetic-based strategies for dealing with that environment. There is good reason to believe this reflects a real genetic or innate tendency to solve problems with violence.” Continue reading

You Need to Know: 15% of the Bodies Energy Is Used by One Molecule.  It’s in the Brain!

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Take Away – Most of the energy used in the brain is by one protein molecule.  Knowing a little bit about it helps to understand the brain’s structure and priorities.  Who doesn’t want that!?

“Biology is just a sub-chapter of physics.”  Adrian Bejan Continue reading