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13-01-2014, 12:07 PM
Free online college evolution course
The University of Wisconsin--Madison is offering a free online course on human evolution. It is being taught by the noted anthropologist John Hawks. See the video for more. I would love to do it but I'm starting back to school soon. I can't handle the extra load.

https://www.coursera.org/course/humanevolution



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13-01-2014, 01:08 PM
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Awesome!

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13-01-2014, 01:16 PM
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Every time I see this photo I always think, "How could anyone not believe humans and chimpanzees are related"? Especially when you cover his face and head with your thumb (...and his balls too) you can't not see a man. A very odd muscled, squat looking man, but a man all the same.

[Edit:] If the photo is too big to cover his head with your thumb, you could always just scroll down until it cuts him off from the shoulders up, and you can see what I mean.

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13-01-2014, 01:17 PM
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Thanks for the share, I will be spreading this everywhere Smile

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13-01-2014, 06:17 PM
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Cool. I'm signed up! Thumbsup

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13-01-2014, 08:40 PM
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https://www.coursera.org/course/criticalthinking


Free University of Edinburgh Critical Thinking course starting Jan 20 through coursera.org

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13-01-2014, 08:41 PM
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(13-01-2014 01:16 PM)Raptor Jesus Wrote:  Every time I see this photo I always think, "How could anyone not believe humans and chimpanzees are related"? Especially when you cover his face and head with your thumb (...and his balls too) you can't not see a man. A very odd muscled, squat looking man, but a man all the same.

Vanity and superstition.

Consider how long it has taken to apply the principles of evolution to the brain. Darwin suggested that human behaviour too could be undertood in terms of evolution but this idea was discarded and psychology took the unscientific Freudian turn. Both psychiatry and psychology lost valuable time to Freudian bullshit and it was not until the late 20th-century that evolutionary psychology emerged--and since that time it has gone from strength-to-strength.

The resistance to evolutionary psychology--which persists in some groups--represents an apparent need to give the human brain an exceptional status, i.e. the principles of evolution ought only to be applied below the neck. The subtext of this resistance was that the brain was the product not of evolution by natural selection but rather of special creation. Evolution could have the lungs, heart, kidneys etc. but not the brain. The resistance to evolutionary psychology provided (and continues to provide) a way to accept evolution but to maintain irrational ideas of human exceptionalism.
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13-01-2014, 10:29 PM
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(13-01-2014 08:41 PM)Chippy Wrote:  
(13-01-2014 01:16 PM)Raptor Jesus Wrote:  Every time I see this photo I always think, "How could anyone not believe humans and chimpanzees are related"? Especially when you cover his face and head with your thumb (...and his balls too) you can't not see a man. A very odd muscled, squat looking man, but a man all the same.

Vanity and superstition.

Consider how long it has taken to apply the principles of evolution to the brain. Darwin suggested that human behaviour too could be undertood in terms of evolution but this idea was discarded and psychology took the unscientific Freudian turn. Both psychiatry and psychology lost valuable time to Freudian bullshit and it was not until the late 20th-century that evolutionary psychology emerged--and since that time it has gone from strength-to-strength.

The resistance to evolutionary psychology--which persists in some groups--represents an apparent need to give the human brain an exceptional status, i.e. the principles of evolution ought only to be applied below the neck. The subtext of this resistance was that the brain was the product not of evolution by natural selection but rather of special creation. Evolution could have the lungs, heart, kidneys etc. but not the brain. The resistance to evolutionary psychology provided (and continues to provide) a way to accept evolution but to maintain irrational ideas of human exceptionalism.

Was thinking about this last evening. On 60 Minutes they revisited the story of the few people with total memory recall. They did some imaging studies of their brains. They are different, and have different "connections". (or enhanced "pathways" .. suggesting that we all may have the aptitude, even though untapped). It could be used as incontrovertible proof that the concept of "mind" as somehow separate from brain structures is total baloney.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-gift-of-endless-memory/

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14-01-2014, 07:38 PM
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(13-01-2014 08:41 PM)Chippy Wrote:  Vanity and superstition.

Consider how long it has taken to apply the principles of evolution to the brain. Darwin suggested that human behaviour too could be undertood in terms of evolution but this idea was discarded and psychology took the unscientific Freudian turn. Both psychiatry and psychology lost valuable time to Freudian bullshit and it was not until the late 20th-century that evolutionary psychology emerged--and since that time it has gone from strength-to-strength.

The resistance to evolutionary psychology--which persists in some groups--represents an apparent need to give the human brain an exceptional status, i.e. the principles of evolution ought only to be applied below the neck. The subtext of this resistance was that the brain was the product not of evolution by natural selection but rather of special creation. Evolution could have the lungs, heart, kidneys etc. but not the brain. The resistance to evolutionary psychology provided (and continues to provide) a way to accept evolution but to maintain irrational ideas of human exceptionalism.

I agree for the most part, but I would like to point out that physical anthropologists and evolutionary psychologists don't always agree. From what many of my professors (and educators who post on the BioAnthropology News Facebook page) state, evolutionary psychologists often offer "just so" explanations. There is a wiki article on the subject.
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15-01-2014, 01:17 PM
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(13-01-2014 12:07 PM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  The University of Wisconsin--Madison is offering a free online course on human evolution. It is being taught by the noted anthropologist John Hawks. See the video for more. I would love to do it but I'm starting back to school soon. I can't handle the extra load.

https://www.coursera.org/course/humanevolution

It has been a while since I found something that I would want to take the time out and enroll in a class for - I think that this is it! Thanks for this.

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