Neanderthal genes are being removed from the modern human genome by weak but widespread natural selection

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Being offended

There is an old story about the Buddha and an angry old man which goes something like this.

Each day the Buddha would go to the market and each day, an angry old man would come up to him and start hurling insults and abuse at him. Each day, the Buddha continues smiling and minding his own business.
After a week, the old man is so curious about why the Buddha doesn’t react, he has to ask him why he continues to smile despite all the abuse. The Buddha replies:

Buddha, with the same smile still on his face looks at the old man and asks “If I were to bring you a gift tomorrow morning all wrapped up in a beautiful box would you accept it?” to which the old man replies “Absolutely not, I would take nothing from the likes of you!”. “Ah ha” the Buddha replies “Well if I were to offer you this gift and you were to refuse then who would this gift belong to?”. “It would still belong to you of course” answers the old man. “And so the same goes with your anger, when I choose not to accept your gift of anger , does it not then remain your own?”
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Parents fatally whipped teen who wanted to quit church, New York court hears

There are many people who claim that religion is a force of good, that it is essentially harmless. Again and again, the faithful remind us how wrong that opinion is. A teen lost his life in a barbarous “counselling session” because he wanted to leave the church.

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It’s the kids’ fault

Back in June of this year, I responded to a tweet from the account of the pope, @Pontifex. In his tweet, the pope or someone running the account for him, tweeted how we should build up society in light of the Beatitudes.

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Over a dozen skeletons of an unknown, early Homo species found

Earlier this week, I Pressed this article. And now: an entire new Homo species. Just goes to show that there’s still a lot we don’t know about how our species came to be, exactly. What is evident though is that our evolution has been going on longer and more diverse than was previously thought.

Homo naledi is a mixture of modern, Asutralopith, and unique features.

Source: Over a dozen skeletons of an unknown, early Homo species found

Humans aren’t so special after all: The fuzzy evolutionary boundaries of Homo sapiens

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that humans aren’t so different from our closest relatives. After all, evolution doesn’t create sharply defined edges between species. Over time, populations diverge slowly until they differ enough that we label them as a different species.
Exciting new evidence of Neanderthals and Homo Erectus creating abstract patterns reveals they may have had symbolic thought.

Recent discoveries point to shared traits and blurred borders with our closest relatives.

Source: Humans aren’t so special after all: The fuzzy evolutionary boundaries of Homo sapiens

Asking why

One of my former bosses once took me aside after a meeting to tell me something that quite frankly baffled me. He let me know that certain people had complained that I always made them explain their reasons for asking something. I told him that if I wasn’t asking why they wanted something, I could not help them in an optimal way. I needed to understand their request to do that. Continue reading Asking why