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February 20, 2012

1. Cool illustrations of the costs of various government programs.

2. The human brain has been shrinking over the last 1000 years.

3. Vat grown Fake Steak

4. Beware the reductio, for it shall become the truth.

5. Math Problem solving tips

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  1. February 22, 2012 12:07 pm

    That human brain article was very interesting — thanks for sharing!

    • February 22, 2012 12:12 pm

      I thought so as well. I discussed that with my coworkers yesterday at the gym, and it was a good conversation. Domestication has been observed to correlate with reduced brain sizes across all species studied. Humans are pretty much domesticating ourselves. Also, a farmer diet had much fewer nutrients necessary for large brain development than a hunter/gatherer lifestyle. Perhaps specialization has some impact as well. It’s an interesting phenomenon to study.

      • February 22, 2012 1:09 pm

        There’s also the theory that the brain is just getting more efficient. Or that it’s just scaling down with our relative downsizing in body mass (hence why Neanderthals had bigger brains than we do, but probably weren’t any smarter than us). Finally, there’s also the point that brain size might be INCREASING in the last 200 years or so…

        Very fascinating.

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