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14 July 2012

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/342218/title/BLOG_Humans_not_so_sing… … it seems that neuroscience research and artificial intelligence are challenging the idea that humans are something special in the natural world, a unique form of life. The realisation is the 'we are our brains' implies there is no essential 'self' involved, and no soul. The left and right side of the brain is all nonsense, it would seem, and in addition, computers are now able to outsmart people – at chess, is the given example. This just leaves sensory skills, intuition, foresight, and the like. Oh, and humans can drive better, it seems, as computers cannot recognise danger or even objects such as shadows on the road.

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/342253/title/Early_American_took_two… … which is based on stone spear points found in a cave in Oregon (see also www.geneticarchaeology.com/research/Paisley_Caves_yield_13000_year_old_W…) that have been securely C14 dated to the same time span as the Clovis point tool assemblage elsewhere in North America. The same story is at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/june-2012/article/findings-in-orego…

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