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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Ian Pitchford [mailto:Ian.Pitchford@scientist.com] Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 6:54 AM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: [ANTHRO-L]
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      FW: [ANTHRO-L] Ethics, behaviour, consciousness and science

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      From: Ian Pitchford [mailto:Ian.Pitchford@...]
      Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2001 6:54 AM
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      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.

      Links and other stories at:

      For current news read The Human Nature Daily Review
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