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Sex Chromosomes Aren’t the Whole Story

by Shawn Radcliffe For almost 100 years, children have been taught in school that the anatomical sex of a baby is determined by the X and Y chromosomes, also known as the sex chromosomes — XY…

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Infective Heredity: You Are Not Who You Think You Are

by Shawn Radcliffe According to Charles Darwin, you are the product of your biological mother and father, just as they were the product of their biological mother and father, and so on back to the earliest…

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The Fiction of Being

Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence….

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The Secret Language of Trees

by Shawn Radcliffe If you look at a forest through a Darwinian lens, you’ll see individual trees battling each other for finite resources like water, nutrients and sunlight. The winners take what they can and live…

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There Is No Moon If We Close Our Eyes: Chris Fields and Riccardo Manzotti

In a conversation from SAND18 Italy, two philosophers and information theorists exchange ideas about the nature of reality. Sharing the gift of using everyday objects as illustration they invoke explanations from Plato to quantum theory to…

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A Semantic Map of the Brain

Scientists at UC Berkeley have placed volunteers in an fMRI scanner and monitored blood flow in their brain activity for two hours, while having them listen to stories.  The result: they were able to map which…

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Gifts of Brokenness: a video with Vera de Chalambert

Speaking at SAND18 Italy, Vera De Chalambert introduces some of the Goddesses of the Eastern traditions to illustrate the meaning of the dark feminine and its relevance to today’s conditions and events. It is an energy…

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Nondual Logic

By Andrew Lohrey In first year philosophy I was never taught there was more than one kind of logic. Such an idea would have seemed absurd to correct reasoning. Yet there is a growing body of…

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