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Help with defenition of "human condition"?

I am researching term "human condition". Can the members suggest any good books or research on the subject? [more inside]
posted by avtodorov on Sep 9, 2011 - 18 answers

I can haz owtsidez?

Please help me win my FaceBook debate (or, at least, learn something new): MUST dogs be walked? Is it truly better for cats to be only indoors? Are cats less domesticated than dogs? I'd like fact-based support, not ASPCA party line. Gimme Science! [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Sep 1, 2011 - 30 answers

Why do you brace for a fall or slam on brakes?

What is the technical term for the phenomenon of reflexively or instinctively thrusting your foot out to brace for a fall, slam a brake, etc. when fearful of impending injury? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Apr 11, 2011 - 7 answers

The answer probably isn't Rutherfordium...

What element has had the greatest effect on human development, and consequently would have been the greatest hindrance if there hadn't have been any handy deposits of it? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jan 10, 2011 - 36 answers

Best HCI Examples In Pop Culture

What are the best examples of human/computer interaction in tv and movies (please mention specific scenes and episodes if you can). ex: HAL in 2001, The touch screen in Minority Report, Scotty talking to the mouse in Star Trek IV -lol, etc...
posted by libraryman on Jul 13, 2008 - 33 answers

Teaching resources about racial concepts: their biological validity and various cultural expressions

I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 5, 2007 - 38 answers

Upgrade parts for humans

A few years ago I stumbled on a website that proposed (very likely fake) upgradeable human parts for sale : added memory, bionic eyes, legs, etc. I can't recall this website and can't find it on Google, does that ring a bell to anybody?
posted by V-Turn on Jun 27, 2007 - 3 answers

A Problem of Scale: Halfway in size between an atom and the universe

"A human is halfway in size between an atom and the known universe"... This is a paraphrased quote I have come across several times. I like it. Who said it first? How true is it in the most literal sense? And, finally, what errors arrive in postulating a universe, or an atom, which can be measured AT ALL from our singular, relativistic, perspective? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Feb 18, 2007 - 14 answers

The Protagonist: An Overview

The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 8, 2006 - 17 answers

Why consciousness??

Why did consciousness evolve? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 25, 2006 - 39 answers

The origin of sexual vocalisations...

When we have sex it is usually women who utter the most vocal noise. What are the possible evolutionary origins of this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 10, 2006 - 54 answers

The Common Involuntary Shudder

Many years ago someone told me the recognised term for the kind of involuntary shudder that commonly affects people at rest. You know the kind that spontaneously rocks you, just for a moment, like you are shaking off the ghoulies, like the cliche says 'someone was walking on your grave'? I have since lost this word to time, and searching the internet has brought only partial results. Does anyone know it?
posted by 0bvious on Nov 15, 2005 - 31 answers

Information Age books

I'm looking for any books (or studies), recommendations that might tackle the dynamics and relationships of repression/suppression psychological mechanisms and profit-driven media in the so-called "Information Age," and its possible effect in societies.

I'd love to see serious research into the current notion that humans are indeed straying from preexisting social formations thanks to electrical and electronic communication systems (i.e. "growing desensitized"). Thanks in advance. Any related info is welcome, and truly appreciated. Psych majors/graduates? Social theory majors/graduates? [more inside]
posted by oog on Jul 18, 2004 - 2 answers

Scientific Advancement

Is there a limit to scientific advancement? If there is only a certain number of elements to the universe, will there reach a technology plateau? [more inside]
posted by the fire you left me on Jul 17, 2004 - 24 answers

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