“Coincidence?” –Climate Change May Have Powered Evolution of Human Intelligence (Weekend Feature)

Rift Valley from Space

 

Following the appearance of the neocortex some 250,000 years in our past, Homo sapiens evolved as the only species on planet Earth that created sophisticated technology from the clock to the radio and the quantum computer. In Apeman to Spaceman, the BBC reported that about two million years ago, something extraordinary started happening in the Great Rift Valley in East Africa that led our Anthropocene epoch. Our simian ancestors began to evolve from animals with brain power close to that of a chimpanzee, to apes that would ultimately become human – able to talk, and construct complex tools.

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“Spacetime Magic” –‘Will Lead to God-Like Civilizations’

ESO Headquarters Chile

 

God-like beings will exist in the future, and they may be able to affect their past — our present — by means of spacetime engineering. Probably other civilizations out there, perhaps millions to billions of years older than Earth’s, have already attained God-like powers, says Giulio Prisco. a technology expert, futurist and author of Tales of the Turing Church, who believes that the ‘manifest destiny’ of our species is colonizing the universe and developing spacetime engineering and scientific “future magic” much beyond our current understanding and imagination.

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Planet Earth Report –“Supernova Visible in Real Time to We’ve Lost the Cosmos”

Earth from the ISS

 

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Planet Earth Report –“Scariest Place on Earth to Weird Seven Billion Year-Old Crystals”

 

Earth from the ISS

 

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“The Land of Fire” –Survival in the Jurassic Mass Extinction

Jurassic Footprints

 

They co-existed with “truly giant volcanic events that can only be studied from the geological record, because they do not have modern equivalents, although they can occur in the future of the Earth,” said Emese M. Bordy of the University of Cape Town about dinosaurs and synapsids, a group of animals that includes mammals and their closest fossil relatives, who left their footprints preserved in the bed of a fast-running seasonal stream that may have offered reprieve in this “land of fire” in southern Africa at the start of the Early Jurassic mass extinction, before the Gondwana supercontinent broke up.

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“Profound Implications” –In an Evolutionary Leap, Wasps Learn to Recognize Faces

Velvet Ant Wasp

 

“The really surprising conclusion here is that the most intense selection pressures in the recent history of these wasps has not been dealing with climate, catching food or parasites but getting better at dealing with each other,” said Michael Sheehan, professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University about a wasp species that has evolved the unique ability to recognize individual faces among their peers—signaling an evolution in how they have learned to work together. “That’s pretty profound.”

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