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How Evolved Are We To Fit Our Modern Lifestyle? Are We Still Evolving Today??? (Nerdy DNA/Genetic Research Stuff You’ll LOVE)

11 October 2013 No Comment

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“Other people are the pioneers and discover the science.
I just write it down and give it back to them.”

~ adapted from Dan Poynter

Okay, so one thing you can probably tell about me is that I’m a major, MAJOR geek…like, a play-RPGs-all-day-as-a-child, watch-Bill-Nye-The Science Guy-soon-as-I-get-home-from-school kind of a geek. (Oh yeah, you know you like it).

This being so, one of the geeky-as-H-E-double-hocky-sticks things I still like do to this very day is listen to NPR’s Science Friday, a weekly series of podcasts on the latest developments in biology, technology, astrophysics, evolution, robotics and more.

science friday blog website space

In one of their recent podcasts at the Wisconsin Science Festival, they discuss how modern humans are STILL be evolving, and are doing so faster than ever with John Hawks, Professor of Anthropology at UW. I thought I’d share it with you now.

Something told me you’d be just as interested as I am. If so, listen in here (it gets real good at the Q&A, around 12 and half minutes in):

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Now, I admit, there’s nothing exactly “Conquer Yourself” per se here, but if you’ve already read the book, you’ll know I owe A LOT of the ideas to science and psychology anyway…particularly to neuroscience, evolution and behavioral psychology. Enjoy the audio above and get more Science-Friday goodness here.

“This is, to me, right now, the greatest mystery in evolution: in Leipzig, Germany – at the
Max Planck Institute – they’re sequencing DNA, Neanderthal genomes from Siberia, from a place
called Denisova Cave. In this cave, they’ve found the complete genome of a girl (she’s 50,000 years old)
that’s genetically UNLIKE Neanderthals and genetically UNLIKE modern humans.

It’s a population we did not anticipate existed…it’s a mystery population, with living
descendants TODAY – people today who live in Australia; Australian Aboriginals in New Guinea,
Melanesia…the extreme South East part of the Asian sphere.”

~ John Hawks

Discover more great insights, techniques, strategies and wisdom (AND scientific research) for self-mastery and artistic success in my new book, How to Conquer Yourself: Discipline & Willpower for the Conscious, Creative Thinker, available on on Amazon here. (For autographed and personally-dedicated copies, delivered much faster, click here)


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