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Earthly Utopias

Monday, January 11th, 2016

What happens when you create a utopia on Earth?  We can’t do this for humans, but we have the power to do this for a small subset of animals.  What will happens when we do? Dr. Calhoun (see video below), and American ethologist in the 1950s, built a perfect utopia for mice.  It was a […]

Neuroaesthetics and Neurological Theories Of Beauty

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

This is a paper I wrote for my neuroscience class and I thought it’s worth sharing on my blog.  I’ve been studying beauty for a while now and I tried to do a quick overview of a lot of the research which is taking place today, placing it in all in a larger context.  However, […]

Reflections On Beauty

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Beauty is a strange thing.  I’ve often wondered why human brains are so concerned with it.  There was an old song I loved as a teenager by the band Counting Crows called Mr. Jones.  In it they sing, “I was down at the New Amsterdam staring at this yellow-haired girl Mr. Jones strikes up a […]

Brief Thoughts On Optimism and Pessimism

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

I have received emails from several readers concerning my post ‘The Dark Side Of Life’.  Their responses have left me thinking that I should write a short post regarding my views on optimism and pessimism. So what sorts of things tell whether a person is optimistic or pessimistic?  Here are some areas to consider: 1. Predictions […]

The Dark Side Of Life

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

This post will discuss topics I rarely talk about with anyone.  That’s mainly because if you bring these things up, it’s almost as if you’re a flawed human being.  Happiness and positivity are practically mandates in today’s society, but I think as a consequence, many people are extremely shallow and overlook many of the things […]

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