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She's Alive, She's Home, She's Dying!

 

 

This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporations and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today.

 

The film cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network.

 

Universe Grows Like a Giant Brain

The universe may grow like a giant brain, according to a new computer simulation.

The results, published Nov. 16 in the journal Nature’s Scientific Reports, suggest that some undiscovered, fundamental laws may govern the growth of systems large and small, from the electrical firing between brain cells and growth of social networks to the expansion of galaxies.

“Natural growth dynamics are the same for different real networks, like the Internet or the brain or social networks,” said study co-author Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist at the University of California San Diego.

Read more at SPACE.com

Awa Hunter

Awá – Earth’s Most Threatened Tribe

 

 

Uncontacted Awá are fleeing for their lives as loggers, ranchers and settlers invade their land.

Read “The Silent Years” – Karapiru’s story of life on the run.

 
 

Spaceship Earth – The Overview Effect

 

 

“Overview” is a short documentary on the Overview Effect, a cognitive shift in awareness reported by astronauts.

You Are Here – Pale Blue Dot

This excerpt from A Pale Blue Dot was inspired by an image taken, at Carl Sagan’s suggestion, by Voyager 1 on February 14, 1990.

As the spacecraft left our planetary neighborhood for the fringes of the solar system, engineers turned it around for one last look at its home planet.

Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometres (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured this portrait of our world.

The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

 

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are – a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.

 

 

 

On this day of July 7, 2012, a prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists and computational neuroscientists gathered at The University of Cambridge to reassess the neurobiological substrates of conscious experience and related behaviors in human and non-human animals…

 

We declare the following: “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”

Author | Cambridge Declaration –  Philip Low

Source | The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

Link | Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us

Link | Scientific American – Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists’ Declaration)