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FW: [ANTHRO-L] Ethics, behaviour, consciousness and science
From: Ian Pitchford [mailto:Ian.Pitchford@...]
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 6:54 AM
Subject: [ANTHRO-L] Ethics, behaviour, consciousness and science
News in Brain and Behavioural Sciences
The Weekly Edition of The Human Nature Daily Review
Volume 1: Issue 24 - 28th July, 2001
Selected items from this week's issue:
News and Views
Ethics - 'The current debate over embryo stem cell research, as well as the
debates over patents on life, genetically modified foods, designer babies, and
other biotech issues, is beginning to reshape the whole political landscape in
ways no one could have imagined just a few years ago,' according to Jeremy
Human evolution - 'Men have changed rather little in their bodies since they
began, although mentally they have shifted beyond recognition,' says Steve
Archaeology - Archeologists working at one of Europe's most fruitful dig sites
said they'd found evidence of a 200,000-year-old barbecue pit where ancestors
of Neanderthal Man used fire to roast deer.
Papers and Commentary
Animal behaviour - Amid all the panting, a dog at play makes a distinctive,
breathy exhalation that can trigger playfulness in other dogs, says a Nevada
researcher. Yes, it might be the dog version of a laugh.
Anti-social behaviour - Children who display antisocial behaviour cost society
10 times more than those with no problems and are at high risk of lifelong
social exclusion, concludes a study in this week's British Medical Journal.
Schizophrenia - New results are consistent with the presence of susceptibility
gene(s) in chromosomal region 1q32–q42, a result also implied in other recent
family studies of schizophrenia.
Reviews and Discussion
ADHD - In Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception, Thom Hartmann
proposes that ADD is a distinctively human way to apprehend the world, a
remnant of the hunter-gatherer days when survival, or at least supper, depended
on monitoring the environment with a readiness to change plans instantly.
Animal consciousness - 'The idea that animals are not conscious--which Donald
Griffin so stoutly resists - does not flow from science, though many scientists
apparently accept it. It is simply part of the 16th-century thinker René
Descartes' notion that human consciousness is unique, flowing from a
supernatural soul that is alien to the body', according to Mary Midgley.
Science and the media - David Appell reviews It Ain't Necessarily So: How Media
Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality by David Murray, Joel
Schwartz and S. Robert Lichter.
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