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8 Ways Magic Mushrooms Explain Santa Story | Live Science

Santa and his bag of... magic mushrooms?

Santa and his bag of… magic mushrooms? Credit: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich | Shutterstock.com

The story of Santa and his flying reindeer can be traced to an unlikely source: hallucinogenic or „magic“ mushrooms, according to one theory.

 

„Santa is a modern counterpart of a shaman, who consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to commune with the spirit world,“ said John Rush, an anthropologist and instructor at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.

 

Here are eight ways that hallucinogenic mushrooms explain the story of Santa and his reindeer.

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Scientists May Have Discovered a New Human Species That Lived 14,000 Years Ago | Upvoted

Scientists rendition of what Red Deer Cave People have looked like (Electric Pictures)

Scientists rendition of what Red Deer Cave People have looked like (Electric Pictures)

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According to a new PLOS One study shared by Reddit user jupiter_orbiter in the Reddit science community, a 14,000-year-old partial thigh bone found in southwestern China may belong to a distinct species of humans dubbed the “Red Deer Cave People.”

 

The femur bone was originally found in 1989 along with other fossils in the Red Deer Cave in Yunnan Province. The bones remained unstudied until years later.

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Social Media is a ‘Treasure Trove’ for Neuroscience Research | Neuroscience News

Diagram shows the outline of a person and 5 computer monitors. / --

This figure illustrates the five key social media behaviors: (1) broadcast information; (2) receive feedback on this information; (3) observe the broadcasts of others; (4) provide feedback on the broadcasts of others; and (5) compare themselves with others. Credit: Meshi, Tamir, and Heekeren/Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2015.

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Social media use is a global phenomenon. Neuroscientists are beginning to capitalize on the ubiquity of social media use to gain novel insights about social cognitive processes.

 

Social media provide platforms for users to satisfy fundamental social drives, such as connecting with others and managing one’s reputation with others.

 

Neural systems that support various types of social cognition have been established by research with offline behaviors. These neural systems should be involved in online social media use.

 

Neuroscientists can take two approaches when using social media in research. They can take advantage of similarities between on- and offline social behaviors, using measures from social media as a proxy for offline behaviors. Alternately, they can capitalize on differences between the on- and offline world, investigating behaviors unique to the online environment.

 

“The Emerging Neuroscience of Social Media” by Dar Meshi, Diana I. Tamir, and Hauke R. Heekeren in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Published online November 11 2015 doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.09.004

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Wann wird eine Verschwörung zur Verschwörungsideologie? | Netz gegen Nazis

Verschwörungideologien wie die der „Neuen Weltordnung“ gibt es natürlich auch bei Facebook. Screenshot Facebook 25.09.2015

 

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Von Jan Rathje

 

Von der Verschwörung zur VerschwörungsideologieIn der Auseinandersetzung mit „Verschwörungstheorien“ muss man zunächst anerkennen, dass Verschwörungen real existieren. Die Geschichte ist voller Beispiele, wie Menschen sich im Geheimen zusammengeschlossen haben, um ihre Macht zu sichern und auszubauen. Es ist also nicht von vornherein abwegig, gesellschaftliche und geschichtliche Ereignisse darauf zu prüfen, ob sie das Ergebnis einer Verschwörung waren oder sind. Problematisch wird dieser Vorgang jedoch, wenn der Verdacht einer Verschwörung nicht fallengelassen wird, sobald er sich als falsch erwiesen hat. In diesem Fall lässt sich von einer Verschwörungsideologie sprechen.

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Chaos Communication Camp: Internet, wie es sein sollte | ZEIT ONLINE

Es ist ein „Internet, wie es sein sollte“, wie Leefmann gerne sagt. Was er meint: Bis zu zehn Gigabit pro Sekunde, keine Filter, keine Beschränkungen. Mit ebenso viel Bandbreite für den Download wie für den Upload. Eine Verbindung, so schnell, dass man von Ladezeiten nicht mehr reden kann. So schnell, dass Anlieger in Reichweite des offenen Camp-WLANs zur Ziegelei kommen und vorsichtig fragen, ob das Internet eigentlich bleibt, wenn das Camp vorbei ist.

 

Vier Monate Zeit

 

Leefmann und die 28 Mitglieder seines Teams haben das Netz zusammen aufgebaut, und wie sie das gemacht haben, sagt einiges darüber aus, was möglich wäre in Sachen Breitbandversorgung in Deutschland, wenn man nur wollte.

Gerade mal vier Monate hat es von der ersten Begehung der Ziegelei durch die Veranstalter des Camps bis zur Fertigstellung des Netzwerks gedauert. In einer Gegend von Brandenburg, in der es viel Wald und Wiesen und Wasser gibt, aber wenig Menschen. Und wenig Breitbandinternet.

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Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python… Galaxy Song (Music Video) | YouTube

 

Enjoy our latest video for our new single, “Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python… Galaxy Song” which is available as a digital download from 13 April, and on limited edition 7” vinyl on Record Store Day 2015.

 

The song, which is the title track to “Monty Python – The Meaning of Live”, was originally written for the 1983 film, “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life”. It has been re-recorded with the lyrics sung by Professor Stephen Hawking.

 

Written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, the song is an intricate and informative lecture on the enormity of the Universe fashioned into a bewitching and, above all, highly amusing pop song.

 

“Galaxy Song” was previously included on the 1989 album “Monty Python Sings”, and included in the 2014 reissue of the album, “Monty Python Sings (again)”, in its original form – sung by Eric Idle – to coincide with Monty Python’s record breaking “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go” run of 10 live shows at The O2, London. On film during the live shows, Professor Brian Cox berated the scientific inaccuracy of the “Galaxy Song » lyrics before Professor Stephen Hawking knocked him to the ground. Hawking then began reciting the “Galaxy Song” lyrics as he lifted off to journey through outer space. It is this unique rendition of “Galaxy Song” which is now available as a single.

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