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  1. ScurveDream

    Should friendship be forced? How exactly does "friendship" or "having friends" work across different parameters?

    I have noticed some people just always have friends, and they don't do anything special or specific to make or keep them. Sometimes it's just neighborhood kids, workplace, schools, etc. -- and often it just naturally happens. I find it disheartening that some say that "making" or "finding"...
  2. haidut

    People Who Refuse The COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Banned Socially

    And so it begins, at least in the UK/EU. When we first discussed this back in May here on the forum the majority of the comments were "You guys are nuts. Nobody is going to ban you from working, travelling or going to the bar if you don't get vaccinated". Just as we also discussed, the narrative...
  3. ScurveDream

    The Problem With Value: A Key Perspective To Work, Life & Experience

    I've always found it unsettling when people have expressed the idea that "value" is something one chooses -- but also something one can just have. When a big YouTube channel makes content it is said that content is deserving of monetization because it "provides value" to people -- a concept...
  4. haidut

    Wasps Are Capable Of Logic, Recognizing Faces, And Socializing Based On Memories

    Every time I look at the title for this post I can’t help but think – so, how are wasps different from us humans? I think the answer is – not much, if at all. And this is pretty much what the study below argues, adding yet another piece to an already sizeable mountain of evidence showing that...
  5. haidut

    Longevity Is NOT In Your Genes, It's In Your Choices Of Lifestyle And People

    Yet another big hit against the genetic explanation. Not only is longevity not due to genes but it can also be largely controlled by whom you associate with. Estimates of the Heritability of Human Longevity Are Substantially Inflated due to Assortative Mating The Key to a Long Life Has Little...
  6. P

    Chicken Soup Really Is Good For The Soul: "comfort Food" Fulfills The Need To Belong

    Chicken soup really is good for the soul: "comfort food" fulfills the need to belong. - PubMed - NCBI Theories of social surrogacy and embodied cognition assume that cognitive associations with nonhuman stimuli can be affectively charged. In the current research, we examined whether the...
  7. haidut

    Genes Do Not Matter (again) - Individuality Is An Inevitable And Unpredictable Result Of Development

    I posted quite a few studies showing that genes do not matter much when it comes to determining the "fate" of the organism, be that health, personality or intelligence. This new study went a step further and examined the development of genetically identical organisms under the same environmental...
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