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The J.B.s - You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be Straight

Organisms are completely outside the realm of physical explanation at this point for science. So what is it for? Spenser and Shakespeare, quantum theory and the cave paintings at Altamira. Who are we? What is history? And what does it push toward? Now we have unleashed processes potentially fatal to the planet. We have triggered the final crisis for all life. We have done this, but we do not control it. No single one of us. No leader or state can call a halt to the fact of our being trapped in history. We are moving toward the unimaginable as information piles up about the real nature of the situation we confront. To paraphrase J.B.S Haldane: Our situation may not only be stranger than we suppose; it may be stranger than we can suppose.
—  Terence McKenna, True Hallucinations
I would lay down my life for two brothers, or eight cousins.
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J.B.S Haldane, on kin selection and altruism, or why we do nice stuff for people we are more related to.

It’s a little more complicated than that, evolutionarily speaking. Here’s a great video from Sally Le Page, to whom you should be subscribed Ed: thank you grammar police :) involving altruism, selfish genes, and a box of chocolates. Biology is sweet!

R.I.P Marva Whitney aka Soul Sista Number 1

(May 1,1944- Dec. 22,2012)

-from Pitchfork

Born Marva Ann Manning, she recorded and performed alongside Brown throughout her career. She was best known for her songs “It’s My Thing” (based on the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing”), which was sampled by Public Enemy on “Bring the Noise” and N.W.A. on “Fuck Tha Police”, and “Unwind Yourself”, which was sampled on DJ Mark the 45 King’s “The 900 Number” and DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat”….

 Manning long struggled to receive recognition from those who sampled her work. “Here I am, pinching pennies, and they’re making millions. I can’t get any response from them,” she said. “I just wish somebody would tell the truth.”

Phineas Gage, Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient

In Sept. 13, 1848, at around 4:30 p.m., the time of day when the mind might start wandering, a railroad foreman named Phineas Gage filled a drill hole with gunpowder and turned his head to check on his men. It was the last normal moment of his life.

Other victims in the annals of medicine are almost always referred to by initials or pseudonyms. Not Gage: His is the most famous name in neuroscience. How ironic, then, that we know so little else about the man—and that much of what we think we know, especially about his life unraveling after his accident, is probably bunk.

Read more at Slate

Image credit: J.B.S. Jackson/A Descriptive Catalog of the Warren Anatomical Museum via Slate

brekkabek  asked:

Thank you so so much for spreading the word that it is possible to be an atheist in recovery. I spent my first few months dreading the second step until I did some research on the topic. I heard a lot of "your higher power could be your cat!" bs until I realized it was just logic and a fact that I couldn't drink or use in moderation. People need to know that getting clean doesn't mean having to fake a belief in something.

mine’s kind of a cross between All Star Superman and a cassette tape of James Brown and the J.B.s LOVE POWER PEACE Live at the Olympia, Paris 1971.