Science For A Sunday

Happy Easter!

Another nice and cool Spring weekend…..makes the garden a wonderful place of smells and color…..

I listen to some of these religious nuts on the Tube….people that say Trump is sent by God or other such drivel…..I have often thought that these “spokespeople” were a bit brain dead…..and now there is some science that can confirm my insertions…..

A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.

Religious beliefs can be thought of as socially transmitted mental representations that consist of supernatural events and entities assumed to be real. Religious beliefs differ from empirical beliefs, which are based on how the world appears to be and are updated as new evidence accumulates or when new theories with better predictive power emerge. On the other hand, religious beliefs are not usually updated in response to new evidence or scientific explanations, and are therefore strongly associated with conservatism. They are fixed and rigid, which helps promote predictability and coherence to the rules of society among individuals within the group.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/scientists-established-link-religious-fundamentalism-brain-damage/

This could explain so much on so many levels…..

More sciencey stuff…….

Have you ever suffered from “Cabin Fever”?

What the Hell is “cabin fever?

Feeling bored and restless after being inside for a long time.

Okay now think about those souls that sign on to colonize Mars…..

The first humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but astrosociologist Jim Pass is already hard at work on solutions to stop them from getting lonely.

Pass is the CEO of the Astrosociology Research Institute, dedicated to developing the nascent area of study. After all, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has already sketched out a vision for how his Starship could some day transport 100 people at once to help build a city on Mars as early as 2050. There is even a pricing plan: Return tickets will start at $500,000, and then gradually fall till they are below the median cost of a house in the United States so people could give up their lives to start anew in space.

https://www.inverse.com/article/54813-mars-colony

Then there is the fear, some say irrational fear, of the AI and the rise of the machines……something I read is troubling….would you believe a “living” machine…….

Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving. Eventually they die.

That sure sounds a lot like life, but Dan Luo, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, who worked on the research, says otherwise. He told The Stanford Chronicle:

https://thenextweb.com/robots/2019/04/19/cornell-scientists-create-living-machines-that-eat-grow-and-evolve/

That is my science round-up on an Easter Sunday……peace out, my friends.

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