Homo Sapiens Neanderthal

Neanderthals Were More Alike Us Than We Think

During the past year we’ve learned a lot about our closest primate relatives, the Neanderthals. For example we discovered the fact that they had long childhoods, which is an indicator of intelligence (in the sense that childhood is time allowed for the brain to mature). We also learned about their social habits, most interestingly the fact that they seemed to have intimate, consensual relationships with members of Homo Sapiens (the two species co-existed on Earth for a long period of time).

Mosh - Monarchy

Mosh – McQueen

What a delicious, murderous beat(ing) this song delivers. It plows right through from start to finish. There isn’t much that can resist the tenacity of the buzz-saw synths that leap at us from all sides.

Perhaps if I hadn’t seen the video for the song I wouldn’t have described it as “murderous”. The twisted creation is inspired by an urban legend about “The Cleaner”, a guy who is called to dispose of evidence. It’s a video I can’t really recommend watching.

The Worship Of Mammon

The Survival Instinct and the Rules of the Human Game

Irrespective of us having free will or not, at least a part of our mind is taking decisions based on a very deeply rooted program. That program is our instinct and, like for all other species, its job is to ensure our survival. Instinct is both necessary and ruthless.

In the same time, we’re living in a society that reaches for higher moral grounds through the evolution of ethics and empathy. Our need for moral progress is probably also an evolutionary trait, ensuring social progress, which is a necessity of our survival as a species. We have gotten this far not only because we are skilled individuals, but also because we’ve found ways to work together through the direst of circumstances. However, the evolution of our society is sometimes in conflict with the instinct of the individual.

Inside the Romanian Sex-Cam Industry

Inside the Romanian Sex-Cam Industry

After the recent revelations about the way pornography influences our society, here’s another sobering piece, this time about the sex-cam industry, the fastest-growing sector of the global pornography business. In Romania, thousands of women work as “cam-girls” from studios and from home.

Let me be clear: it’s not shameful to have a job, and this job is less demeaning to women compared to other jobs in the pornographic industry. But from an ethical perspective, it’s a highly debatable topic. Often, it’s one step away from abuse and in general it tip-toes on the edge of the knife between legal and social inequality.

Faithless Sunday 8 PM

Faithless – God Is A DJ

Few artists have managed to combine dance music with intelligent, challenging writing. This song is almost twenty years old but there’s nary a wrinkle on it. Good music doesn’t age with time, it gets better. This is a melody that evolves and offers a great deal of diversity. It’s not only an instrumental fea(s)t, but also a statement for the creative, transformative power of art.

Kids Start School Too Early

Kids Start School Too Early

A Stanford University study has shown that children who postponed kindergarten for up to one year showed dramatically higher levels of self-control. The study uses data from Denmark, where children have access to good pre-kindergarten (starting as early as 12-18 months).

The results of this study make perfect sense to me. It’s a confirmation of something I long believed to be true. I think that whatever parents can do to delay the institutionalization of their child (enrollment into the current industrialized educational system) will greatly help any young mind. I believe more studies like this will show up in the coming years. The sooner the better.