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  • G David Bock
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    Scientists Present New Theory Explaining Why We're the Only Humans on Earth

    "So, we thought, why not turn to the most glaring fact of all?"


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    It’s easy to forget that we’re a single species within the genus Homo because everyone else is dead. Currently, it looks like Homo — a group of hominins that includes ancient beings like Homo erectus and Homo neanderthalensis — is a family of seven, though that number is debatable. Regardless, Homo sapiens are the only humans alive, and the reason why is still a mystery. In a paper released Monday, scientists float a new explanation: The reason our ancestors avoided extinction was because they could explore and adapt.

    In Nature Human Behavior Patrick Roberts, Ph.D., and Brian Stewart, Ph.D., argue that humans have a “unique ecological plasticity” that put our ancestors at an advantage over other hominins. In other words, Homo sapiens are, and have been, very good at living in widely different parts of the world. According to Roberts and Stewart, the capacity to inhabit extremely different landscapes and the ability to learn the specialized skills necessary to thrive in those places means our species occupies a new ecological niche — that of the “generalist specialist.”

    Some researchers have linked the survival of our species to our ability to create or communicate, but Roberts, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, points out to Inverse that scientists are also increasingly aware that extinct hominins like Neanderthals were also capable of cultural expression and community caretaking. These are signs that those specialized capabilities weren’t ours alone, so they can’t be the only reason we survived.

    “So, we thought, why not turn to the most glaring fact of all?” Roberts says. “That our species is the only one to have colonized the entire globe and all of its environments. This seemed to us to be the elephant in the room but somewhat neglected given the current focus on finding the latest fossil or flashy piece of jewelry or art.”
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    https://www.inverse.com/article/4759...apien-adaption
    hominin map

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  • G David Bock
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    New Hybrid Whale-Dolphin Discovered Off Hawaii
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    HAWAII (CBS Local) – Last year, a team of scientists spotted what they believed was a hybrid animal off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. A new report from Cascadia Research Collective confirms they did and the new sea creature is the result of a whale and a dolphin mating, the team’s head researcher told CBS News.

    What the researchers discovered was a hybrid of a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin. In an interview with local newspaper The Garden Island, the head of the project said the discovery is their “most unusual finding.” “We had the photos and suspected it was a hybrid from morphological characteristics intermediate between species,” Robin Baird said.

    During their two-week project, scientists were able to get a biopsy sample from the creature and study its genetics. They were able to confirm that the animal was a hybrid. “Based on the genetics, the father was a rough-toothed dolphin and the mother a melon-headed whale,” Baird told CBS News via email.
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    https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018...hybrid-hawaii/

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  • G David Bock
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    Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life

    https://siberiantimes.com/science/ca...-back-to-life/

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  • G David Bock
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    15 ancient civilizations you’ve never heard of

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...-of/ss-AAAlkJS

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  • G David Bock
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    My last free article (for now?) from the NYT, and of course a bit critical. Along with title and link, might provide an excerpt or two but will also grab some of the embedded links;

    Suspicious Minds
    Mingling with wariness and wonder at a conference devoted to “Ancient Aliens.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/21/s...nt-aliens.html
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    PASADENA, Calif. — It was barely two hours into Day 1 of AlienCon and 500 years of accepted history and science were already being tossed out. Three thousand people had gathered inside the Civic Auditorium here for a panel discussion featuring presenters from “Ancient Aliens,” a History Channel documentary series.
    Everyone had questions: about whether we were alone in the universe; about what our government really knows; about humanity’s very origins.

    One of the network’s most popular and longest-running shows (Season 13 resumed on July 20), “Ancient Aliens” is itself a series of questions. Many are posed rhetorically by an unseen narrator intoning over a wide shot of a rubbly archaeological site. According to the show’s talking heads, extraterrestrials may have had a role not only in the extermination of the dinosaurs, but also in the construction of the Egyptian pyramids.
    Carl Sagan, the popular scientist who captivated television audiences of the 1970s and ’80s, once said: “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

    But Mr. Sagan has been dead for years, and many Americans of the internet age have been in a mood to challenge established ideas. There has been a resurgence of the flat-earth theory. More than a few believe that global warming is a hoax, that survivors of mass shootings are crisis actors.

    Yet for many at the conference, and elsewhere, this is not simply a political divide. We now know that the history that had been taught for years excluded the experiences of so many (African-Americans, women, the working poor). What else had been left out? Trust in the government and leaders who could set it all straight is historically low.
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    Initially, Mr. Burns included skeptics on the show. But, he said, “we found that they had nothing to say, other than, ‘There’s no proof, there’s no proof.’ If we were going to do a show about the birth of Jesus, would we have people who say, ‘This is ridiculous?’ No.”

    The invocation of religion is deliberate. In Mr. Burns’s view, “Ancient Aliens” succeeds because it explores spirituality and the mystery of life in an increasingly secular, data-driven culture. Like religion, it offers seekers an origin story.

    “It’s not about little green men in outer space. That’s the three-headed snake lady that gets you into the tent,” Mr. Burns said. “It’s really a show about looking for God. Science would have you believe we are the result of nothing more than a chance assemblage of matter. The real truth is we don’t know.”
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    As far back as 1977, a joint BBC and PBS documentary discredited Mr. von Däniken’s thesis, with help from Mr. Sagan, showing how it “rests on inaccuracies, on unrelated facts and false similarities.”
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    “Ancient Aliens” had its own vigorous rebuttals, including the documentary “Ancient Aliens Debunked,” a three-hour tour de force of critical reasoning undermined somewhat when people discovered the filmmaker was a Christian who believed in the truth of the story of Noah’s Ark.
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    The Idiocy, Fabrications and Lies of ‘Ancient Aliens,’” Smithsonian.com
    a science-fiction series called “Gray Guardians
    Sasquatch Syndicate
    alien technology might have helped Hitler
    “Frauds, Myths and Mysteries

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  • G David Bock
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    In case I haven't already placed somewhere in this thread;

    Comets and the Bronze Age Collapse
    by Bob Kobres
    http://www.defendgaia.org/bobk/bronze.html

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  • G David Bock
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    Rarely get to listen to C2C much anymore, but check the website frequently for links to "weird" and here's one from last night;
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    Engineering consultant Mike Bara is an author, contributor to the TV shows Ancient Aliens and Uncovering Aliens, and rogue science advocate. In the latter half, he discussed his new work on the JFK assassination and its connection to ancient aliens. President Kennedy, he contends, was aware that there were ancient extraterrestrial artifacts on the moon, and "found himself frozen out by what we would now call the Deep State, and decided to launch the Apollo program as a means of getting...the civilian government's hands on this technology" so that it could be reverse-engineered. According to Bara, by the time the Apollo 17 mission took place, there was an "aggressive" retrieval of technology at a hexagonal structure on the lunar surface.

    It was through his association with James Forrestal (who died from a fall from a window) that JFK learned about the alien presence that's been interacting with Earth, said Bara, and like Forrestal, he wanted to inform the public of these facts. Kennedy knew too much and was going to say too much, plus he was going to share what was found on the moon with the Russians, and this is one reason why Bara believes he was assassinated. In his investigation, he looked at several different photographs including the Mary Moorman image showing the grassy knoll and a figure known as "Badge Man" whom he believes fired the shot that hit JFK from the front. Bara has also concluded that Oswald was not a patsy, and was shooting from the Book Depository at the same time.
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    https://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2018/07/17
    ANCIENT ALIENS AND JFK - http://www.adventuresunlimitedpress.....php?prod=AAJK


    http://www.adventuresunlimitedpress.com/categories.php
    Last edited by G David Bock; 18 Jul 18, 11:47.

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  • G David Bock
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    Another archive moment;
    Ancient-Origins

    This is the Ancient Origins team, and here is our mission: “To inspire open-minded learning about our past for the betterment of our future through the sharing of research, education, and knowledge”.

    At Ancient Origins we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained .

    Our goal is to highlight the very latest archaeological findings, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

    We’'re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

    By bringing together top experts and authors, we explore lost civilizations, examine sacred writings, tour ancient places, and question mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings.
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    https://www.ancient-origins.net/users/ancient-origins
    https://www.ancient-origins.net/

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  • G David Bock
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    Scientists have created an AI inside a test tube using strands of DNA, and they hope it will soon start to form its own 'memories'

    • Experts chose a classic challenge to test the DNA-based neural networks
    • Recognising handwriting is a significant step in demonstrating the ability of AIs
    • AI carried out chemical reactions to correctly identify 'molecular handwriting'
    • Experts hope organic AI will one day be able to store data, creating 'memories'

    By Tim Collins For Mailonline

    Published: 13:29 EDT, 6 July 2018 | Updated: 13:42 EDT, 6 July 2018
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    An artificial neural network that's made entirely from DNA and mimics the way the brain works has been created by scientists in the lab.

    The test tube artificial intelligence can solve a classic machine learning problem by correctly identifying handwritten numbers.

    The work is a significant step in demonstrating the ability to program AI into man-made organic circuits, scientists claim.

    This could one day lead to human-like robots made from entirely organic materials, rather than the shiny metal cybermen seen in popular culture.

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...rands-DNA.html

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  • G David Bock
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    Pending another place to archive, this mixed review of G. Soros;

    The George Soros philosophy – and its fatal flaw
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/201...its-fatal-flaw

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  • G David Bock
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    400,000-year-old human DNA adds new tangle to our origin story

    by Alan Boyle, Science Editor / Nov.02.2015 / 2:23 PM ET / Updated Dec.04.2013 / 10:02 AM ET
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    The oldest human DNA ever recovered is throwing scientists for a loop: The 400,000-year-old genetic material comes from bones that have been linked to Neanderthals in Spain — but its signature is most similar to that of a different ancient human population from Siberia, known as the Denisovans.

    The researchers who did the analysis said their findings show an "unexpected link" between two of our extinct cousin species. Follow-up studies could crack the mystery — not only for the early humans who lived in the cave complex known as Sima de los Huesos (Spanish for "Pit of Bones"), but for other mysterious populations in the Pleistocene epoch.

    "Ancient DNA sequencing techniques have become sensitive enough to warrant further investigation of DNA survival at sites where Middle Pleistocene hominins are found," the research team, led by Matthias Meyer and Svante Pääbo of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, wrote in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. ("Hominin" is the currently accepted term for humans and our close evolutionary cousins.)
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    https://www.nbcnews.com/sciencemain/...our-2D11690925

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  • G David Bock
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    'Cataclysmic' collision shaped Uranus' evolution

    https://phys.org/news/2018-07-catacl...evolution.html

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  • G David Bock
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    Another archive for future reference, which may be more misinformation, but has some notoriety;
    The Urantia Book

    The legendary "Urantia Book," a 2000-page tome first published in 1955, is considered by some to be an unparalleled revelation to our planet on the subjects of science, religion, and the history & destiny of humanity. The material, said to come from celestial beings, can be read online at the Urantia Foundation.
    https://www.coasttocoastam.com/photo...tia-book/58486

    https://www.urantia.org/urantia-book...ia-book-online

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  • G David Bock
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    Bene Gesserit

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    The Bene Gesserit (/ˈbɛniː ˈdʒɛsərɪt/ BEN-ee-JESS-ər-it)[1] are a key social, religious, and political force in Frank Herbert's fictional Dune universe. The group is described as an exclusive sisterhood whose members train their bodies and minds through years of physical and mental conditioning to obtain superhuman powers and abilities that can seem magical to outsiders. Acolytes who have acquired the breadth of Bene Gesserit abilities are called Reverend Mothers within the organization's ranks.[2] Some of these fictional powers are analyzed and deconstructed from a real-world scientific perspective in the book The Science of Dune (2008).[3][4][5]

    Sometimes called witches due to their secretive nature and misunderstood powers, the Bene Gesserit are loyal only to themselves. However, to attain their goals and avoid outside interference, they often screen themselves with the illusion of being loyal to other groups or individuals. Their every move is calculated toward a result. As the skills of a Bene Gesserit are as desirable as an alliance with the Sisterhood itself, they are able to charge a fee to school the women from Great Houses, and install some of their initiates as wives and concubines to their advantage.[2][6] In 1965's Dune, the Princess Irulan is quoted (via epigraph):
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bene_Gesserit
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    A layer of involvement ~ connection ~~~ .... .... ....

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  • G David Bock
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    Tiny, far-flung worlds could explain outer Solar System’s strange geometry

    Gravity of distant Moon-sized objects could do the job attributed to a hypothetical Planet Nine.
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05345-0
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    Maybe, ... massive object(NiBiRu) on a very elliptic orbit still could fill the bill (and Occam's Razor).

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