August 7th, 2017
An often cited claim that humans, who are smarter and more technologically advanced than their ancestors, originated in response to climate change is challenged in a new report by a Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology researcher at George Washington University. Many scientists have argued that an influx, described as a "pulse," of new animal species appear in the African fossil record between 2.8 and 2.5 million years ago, including our own genus Homo. Experts believe it takes a broad-scale event like global climate change to spark the origination of so many diverse new species. However, W. Andrew Barr, a visiting assistant professor of anthropology, published a report that says it's possible the pulse of new species could have occurred by chance and might not be directly related to climate change.
It is generally accepted that when major environmental changes occur, some species will go extinct and others will originate, which can create a cluster or pulse of new species in the fossil record. However, there is not a set definition of what is considered a pulse, so experts have disagreed about which clusters constitute meaningful events and which can be explained as random fluctuations. Dr. Barr used computer simulation to model what the fossil record might look like over time in the absence of any climate change and found clusters of species originations that were of similar magnitude to the clusters observed in the fossil record. This means random patterns are likely under-credited for their role in speciation fluctuation, he said.
Dr. Barr's findings mean scientists may need to rethink widely-accepted ideas about why human ancestors became smarter and more sophisticated.
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It was the most forbidden love of them all under the rule of the Nazis. As soon as Hitler took power in 1933, regime bureaucrats began drawing up the grotesque Nuremberg Laws banning relationships between 'Aryans' and Jews. But such relationships DID exist in the Third Reich - even between its most monstrous servants and their victims. Nowhere during the 12 years that the Nazis ruled most of Europe was a place as warped, hideous and murderous as the Auschwitz death factory in occupied Poland. This was the place where people did anything to survive, anything to avoid 'selections' that would mean a one-way trip to the gas chambers. Helena Citronova was among them and saved her life and those of her family by relenting to the affections of a hated SS guard.
Although she slept with her saviour, Wunsch, and admitted that she eventually harboured deep feelings of love for him, Helena's forbidden relationship was only forged because she wanted to stay alive in the most terrible place on earth. A Jew from Slovakia, she worked in the giant warehouse at the camp called 'Canada' where the belongings of the doomed were sorted before they were shipped back to Berlin to fuel the Nazi war effort. There she met Wunsch in 1942. Their relationship was portrayed by the PBS network in a programme about the death camp in which at least 1.2million people were liquidated.
'The relationship between SS man Franz Wunsch and Jewish woman Helena Citronova is certainly one of shock,' it said. 'Who could comprehend that, in a place such as Auschwitz, a place full of death, pain and sadism, an emotion as pure as love could be around?' Had it not been for the fateful moment when Helena was asked to sing for Wunsch's birthday, she wouldn't have survived. She had been sentenced to death earlier that day.
Wunsch sent her biscuits, passed her notes saying 'Love - I fell in love with you'. He even saved her sister Rozinka from certain death. 'When he came into the barracks where I was working, he threw me that note. I destroyed it right there and then, but I did see the word "love" — "I fell in love with you",' she said years later in Israel.
'I thought I'd rather be dead than be involved with an SS man. For a long time afterwards there was just hatred. I couldn't even look at him.' But she admitted that her feelings for Wunsch changed over time, especially when her sister and her sister's children arrived at Auschwitz Birkenau. Helena learned that they were to be sent to the gas chamber and her SS admirer tried to help them.
Helena went on: 'So he said to me, "Tell me quickly what your sister's name is before I'm too late." So I said, "You won't be able to. She came with two little children."
'He replied, "Children, that's different. Children can't live here." So he ran to the crematorium and found my sister.' Wunsch was able to save Helena's sister by saying she worked for him in Canada, but he could do nothing for the children. Helena and her sister survived Auschwitz, and although her relationship with Wunsch never developed further, she did testify on his behalf years later at his war crimes trial.
Helena, who died in 2005, said in an interview with UK filmmaker Laurence Rees: 'Here he did something great. There were moments where I forgot that I was a Jew and that he was not a Jew and, honestly, in the end I loved him.
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The concept of matter being influenced by mind or consciousness alone is certainly not new. It encompasses a variety of phenomena, from metal bending to levitation against the laws of gravity and unexplained movements of objects. Sounds heard without any physical source, tables tilting, unexplained temperature changes, breezes, and materializations and dematerializations of objects, are other reputed manifestations of consciousness directly affecting the physical realm. For thousands of years saints have reputedly floated (levitated) free from the normal bonds of gravity while in a state of ecstasy. Victorian era séances, organized around powerful mediums, were attended by all sorts of marvels involving the movement of objects, materializations of objects or even “spirits” taking fully human forms, and sounds produced by unknown means.
Such manifestations were formerly referred to as telekinesis (loosely translated as “distant movement;” that is, movement from a distance without any known physical means). The preferred technical term currently for such phenomena is psychokinesis (“mind or soul movement,” that is, movement by the mind), often abbreviated as PK for short. During the “cold war” both the U.S. and the Soviet Union worried that the other side had developed the ability to use psychic powers for military purposes. Researchers Lynne Schroeder and Shiela Ostrander in their groundbreaking book, Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain, detailed many experiments carried out in the U.S.S.R. and eastern Europe, including psychokinesis (PK).
Others who documented the psychic developments behind the iron curtain included authors Henry Gris and William Dick. Many believe that such disclosures were a major impetus behind the U.S. military establishment’s development of its own capability and that its widely discussed remote viewing program, which came to be known as project Scannate, was the result. Whether the military remote viewers could actually influence remote physical objects which they viewed at a distance is not often discussed, but David Morehouse, a veteran of project Scannate has hinted that it was possible.
Others have suggested that even assassination can be accomplished by such mind-only means.
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Homer's other epic Greek poem, The Iliad, recounts the brutal 10-year Trojan War between the city of Troy and the Achaeans (ancient Greeks), sparked when the prince of Troy kidnapped Helen, the daughter of Zeus. Thanks to Odysseus' plan to use the fabled wooden Trojan horse, he and the Achaeans penetrated the massive walls of Troy and besiege the city. For centuries, scholars were convinced the Trojan War was entirely a Greek myth. But in the late 1800s, archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann uncovered what historians believe are the remnants of Troy near Turkey's northeast coast. Today it's a 4,000-year-old World Heritage site.
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