Self-awareness among vertebrates might be more universal than we realized. Humans have for some while thought ourselves the only animals with self-awareness. Scientists are now beginning to suspect that self-awareness is not a local function of the human cerebral cortex and appears instead to be a more diffuse phenomenon arising from a collection of areas common to the brains of vertebrates: ...
“The consumption of meat, dairy and eggs has been [and remains] unequivocally linked to the leading causes of death in the U.S. and globally, [<—- link] with more diet-related diseases than communicable now killing humans worldwide.”
Animal agriculture now the single most wasteful [<—- link] and ecologically harmful activity on the planet. Proteins in plants are easier to grow and easier for our bodies to synthesize.
Are we all braggarts now? (Wall Street Journal)
“A new book examines whether medical professionals have transformed normal human emotion into mental disease”
Love it that my favorite edition of LoG, the Oxford UP 150th anniversary 1855 facsimile first edition, brilliantly edited by David S. Reynolds, including a couple dozen contemporary reviews and a monograph article on its history and the context from which it rose, plays such an interesting part in two seasons of Breaking Bad.
Update on technical issues. Tumblr will now allow uploading of photographs, but still no video.
Technical Problem with Tumblr
Tumblr has been experiencing technical difficulties for about 10 days now, making it difficult to upload movies and photographs. Tumblr Support is working on the issue, which is apparently widespread on some servers. Hopefully resolved soon.
The standard diet of a person in the United States requires 4,200 gallons of water per day (for animals’ drinking water, irrigation of crops, processing, washing, cooking, etc.). A person on a vegan diet requires only 300 gallons a day. - Richard H. Schwartz