"Researchers have identified rocks that they say could contain the fossilised remains of life on early Mars." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10790648
Nick Clegg – Liberal Democrat Party (Lib Dems) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/election_2010/8624009.stm UK Election 2010. "Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg used his final statement at the Leaders’ debate to insist his party offered an alternative to Labour and the Conservatives." (scrap Trident) "The full £20bn cost of renewing the UK’s Trident nuclear deterrent must be paid for by the Ministry of Defence, George Osborne has said" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10812825 "Notes for a Lecture on Philosophy. Trident Missiles; pornography; sex shops; 100 million or more: terrifying deaths!" http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2400.entry?sa=417699655 "Shops into schools in five months! Empty shops could be converted into free schools in five months, says a building consultancy" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-10634612
Oh dear, so you think that you’re really something so very special? "The human brain is nothing more than a linearly scaled up primate brain" http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727711.300-size-isnt-everything-the-big-brain-myth.html Ref, mirror neurons, instinct and intuition (no time for any evolutionary advance, as lifetimes are so short) vs chance in choices, power/safety of group/religious behaviour vs private behaviour, so on…, "We humans can mind-meld too" http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19220-we-humans-can-mindmeld-too.html "Should we go with our gut feelings? Can we trust our hunches? Mark Lythgoe is a neuroscientist who is sceptical about intuition. In this programme he discovers whether it’s a real phenomenon or just a popular myth." http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/inside_intuition.shtml
Colin Renfrew ‘Prehistory’ – My note: a ‘matrix in global understanding’ and the individual for ‘responsible’ global consciousness, abridged, see, ‘books’. "’Realities’ of the modern world are institutional facts – products of concepts and social relationships worked out a millennia ago in prehistoric times. Cities of Sumer or of Mesoamerica and the (compelling) belief systems of Karnac or of Teotihuacan. We should recall them, at a time when globalisation is complete, and there is uniformity in the contemporary world" (‘psychic unity’ of humankind). Culture Change ‘The Triumph of Triviality’ http://www.culturechange.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=177&Itemid=1 "Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote “global consciousness,” or “cosmic consciousness.” What we have (without science – ignorance, the ‘aura of factuality’) "A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating concepts of a general order of existence and clothing these concepts with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic" Clifford Geertz. Our very own, ‘home-grown’ Barmy Army http://www.socialcohesion.co.uk/ ‘Strange separation of what man is from what man does may have some clues as to what the hell has gone wrong in the twentieth century’ Robert M.Pirsig ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance’. The Modern Matrix? ‘The Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew and the 5 sequential stages of human development, "a very persuasive one". The first three stages are ‘unilineal’ (where the idea of memes or memetics of Dawkins is found to be a bit loose in its terminology) as in the evolution to Homo sapiens from Homo erectus. Based on ‘Origins of the Modern Mind’ Merlin Donald 1991 and refined by Colin Renfrew and later accepted by Donald. 1) Episodic Stage – Primate cognition 2) Mimetic Stage – 4 million to 400,000years (peaking with Homo erectus) 3) Mythic Stage – first use of complex language – 500,000 years to the present (peaking with Homo sapiens) 4) Material Symbolic Stage. Leslie White recognised this as defining the ‘importance in human culture’ (icons of religious faith, amongst the many other symbols) 5) Theoretic Stage. Donald calls this ‘institutionalised paradigmatic thought’ (writing – ‘massive external memory storage’). A better and more detailed explanation can be found in Colin Renfrew’s fascinating book ‘Prehistory’. Writing this to try and clarify it in my own mind, as it must be (and in my great ignorance) the ground breaking formation of a basis (and) origin for all leaning! – stunning!