Tag: Back to the Tribe
Did Monogamy Make Us Human?
Want to justify the amount of time you spend on your online dating profile? It turns out that monogamy (along with language, booze, cooking, and bipedalism) may be one of those unique traits that “made us human”. While primates as a whole are an unusually monogamous for mammals, our closest relatives, the great apes, are all into promiscuous free-love. Though the benefits of the human pair bond are obvious now – it’s helpful for rearing big-brained, energy-intensive offspring – scientists are still split on why human monogamy evolved in the first place.
Can This Virtual World Save the Real One?
Dutch illustrator Max Philippi has invented an online world that may help to save the real one. State of Scarcity explores interesting ideas and inventions, in part inspired by Buckminster Fuller, which Philippi hopes will serve as models for real life applications.
Opening the interactive application we enter Wrighton, a fictitious town set in a not-so-distant future, and based on concepts like reuse, recycling and de-cultivation. In this society people do everything “right” in a social and ecological sense by combining old and new nature. Philippi explains how: Read more
Our Electronics, 100 Years Later
Do you remember the Gameboy Bricks by Gijs Gieskes and the Modern Fossils by Christopher Locke? The same notion might have influenced Japanese artist Maico Akiba, as he imagined what our electronics might look like in 100 years. The archeologist of the future may find this peculiar next natural specimens. Click through for the full set. Read more
Get Your One Way Ticket to Mars
Work Out Like the Flintstones
The exercise of the future? Paleolithic fitness! From hanging from a tree branch like Tarzan, throwing and catching cobblestones to barefoot climbing, working out like our ancestors is the latest American trend. The new/old caveman fitness craze is quickly surpassing other exercise programs in popularity.
Are Hawaiian Monk Seals Natural? Not According to Some Hawaiians
Why native Hawaiian people are killing off native Hawaiian monk seals.
Serious Gamers Assist Society
Ever imagined that your gaming addiction might help cure cancer? A new generation of computer games have been introduced that deal with citizen science. Citizen science games like Phylo, Foldit and Galaxy Zoo are called serious games, since they carry a serious goal: Providing scientific knowledge through play. This can help with research in topics from life-threatening diseases to decoding ancient manuscripts.
Exploring the Offline World, if It Still Exists
Even though the world wide web has steadily penetrated each aspect of our life since its inception at CERN, it seems that today we still refer to digital technology as existing in a world other than our own. Instead we inhabit the seperate realms of ‘digital’ and ‘real’. Although we focus on bringing down the barriers between these worlds, it may be they’ve already totally merged, without us even noticing. Has the digital fabric of technology inextricably integrated with our lives, or might we still be able to live without it?
Last year, Paul Miller, a tech blogger at The Verge, asked himself a similar question. He disconnected himself from the internet, kicking off a year of ‘offline’ existence. A year of unbridled potential, away from the ‘unnatural’ internet. Miller set to discover what the internet had done to him, by studying it from a distance. He would try to understand the ways in which internet was corrupting us, and enable us to fight back against its influence.
The Hedonometer Uses Social Media to Measure Global Happiness
Scientists are using Twitter, blogs, and news sites to categorize the global psyche.
Nature through the Windshield
For more than eight years artist Koert van Mensvoort has been working on a project to redefine our concept of nature. Through his platform Next Nature he has published books, held talks, ran workshops, maintained an active blog, and even developed a hoax, all in effort to communicate that there is no absolute nature, but that technology and nature are deeply intertwined; a biosynthetic nature so to speak. Can the development of a Gillette razor be considered in Darwinian terms of evolution? Is the fake nature of an indoor ski slope any less legitimate than the Alps? By fundamentally shifting the way we conceive nature, he believes we will be better able to cope with the oncoming climatic and environmental challenges ahead.
This interview is reprinted from Volume magazine #35: Everything Under Control.