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Connor Wood

Connor Wood

Visiting Researcher in Theology, Boston University
I study religious and cultural phenomena using the tools of the cognitive and behavioral evolutionary sciences. My research interests include ritual and cognition, cybernetic self-regulation, social ontology, and cultural psychology. I also write about religion and the philosophy of science. Currently a research associate at the Center for Mind and Culture.

Being copycats might be key to being human

Jan 18, 2020 12:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

​Chimpanzees, human beings closest animal relatives, share up to 98% of our genes. Their human-like hands and facial expressions can send uncanny shivers of self-recognition down the backs of zoo patrons. Yet people and...

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Economy

Mercedes-Benz to increase stake in Aston Martin up to 20%

Mercedes-Benz will increase its stake in British carmaker Aston Martin years from 2.6 percent to as much as 20 percent over the next three, in exchange for technologies and components of its hybrid and electric...

Spain to increase taxes on big firms, use $31.8 billion in European grants

The Spanish government will increase taxes on big corporations and the wealthy and use $31.8 billion in European grants in efforts to reverse its economic slump. There were talks on using all $164 billion that the EU...

S. Korea eyes nuclear power plants in UK, as two countries agree to cooperate after Brexit

Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo expressed hope for South Korea to participate in construction projects for British nuclear power plants in his meeting with Alok Sharma, UKs secretary of state for business, energy, and...

Financial support for Jeju Air to be discussed

South Koreas Key Industry Stabilization Fund is slated to hold a meeting to discuss whether to provide financial support to Jeju Air, the countrys top low-cost carrier. The Export-Import Bank of Korea, Jeju Airs main...

S. Korea to invest 10 trillion won into smart city project, create 150,000 jobs by 2025

The South Korean government will invest 10 trillion won into a smart city project and create more than 150,000 jobs by 2025, as the country aims to become a global leader in the New Deal initiative. According to...

Politics

Barack Obama joins Joe Biden in joint campaign event for final campaign weekend

Former President Barack Obama is currently on the campaign trail for his former colleague Joe Biden. As election day nears, Obama will be joining Biden in the final stretch of the campaign with their first joint appearance...

Donald Trump dismisses reports involving Chicago Trump Tower

Donald Trump has long evaded the subject of his taxes and tax returns, and the New York Times has since published reports regarding the amounts he has paid and the debts Trump has incurred over the years. Recently, Trump...

World War 3 news: Human rights expert says US must take harder stance on China

There is a growing concern regarding China and the steps it has taken to assume control over certain parts of the world. With relations between Beijing and Washington further frayed, a human rights expert says the US must...

Joe Biden endorsed by former attorneys of Republican presidents

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is currently ramping up his last-minute efforts to campaign in swing states to win the presidency in less than a week. Recently, a group of lawyers appointed by past Republican...

Science

Mars mission breakthrough: NASA receives design for nuclear-powered engine to speed space travel

As far as we know, interplanetary travel could take up to years, with the journey to Mars alone taking almost a year to make. As NASA prepares for its upcoming Mars and Moon missions, the agency has received a promising...

NASA announce the presence of water on the Moon

The Moon, as well as other cosmic entities, remain to be a mystery to astronomers as there is still so much to learn about them. Recently, NASA announced one major discovery about our own Moon, revealing the presence of...

Asteroid news: Fireball spotted over the skies on US west coast

Asteroids usually have a very small chance of colliding with Earth, especially massive space rocks that travel through space. However, the same could not be said for the much smaller ones, which wind up meeting our planets...

NASA satellites capture massive 'Doomsday machine' solar flare

Solar flares are a usual occurrence in space and its side effects are usually experienced by the nearest planets in the system, like our own Earth. Recently, NASA satellites were able to capture one particular solar flare,...

Technology

‘Overwatch 2’ release date announcement is ‘very likely’ at BlizzConline in February 2021?

Blizzard has yet to announce a specific release date for Overwatch 2, but rumors are already making rounds online that it could be slated in early 2021. A known Overwatch leaker has also suggested that the potential delay...

‘PUBG’ will play on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S with promised ‘faster loading’

The PUBG October 9.1 update is announced to deliver the new Framerate Priority mode to take advantage of the upgrades that next-generation consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, promise. Aside from up to 60fps...

‘NBA 2K21’ Next-Gen ranks LeBron James at first place with 98 OVR rating

The first place in the list of NBA 2K21 overall ratings has been given solely to LeBron James this year. He beats Giannis Antetokounmpo by one point after garnering a 98 OVR as the 2K Games unveil the list ahead of the...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ developer asks fans for their trust regarding cut features

0With Cyberpunk 2077 less than a month away from being shipped, gamers now face the question of how much content was removed from the game. To that, a CD Projekt Red developer admits it is a normal occurrence in video game...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’: PlayStation players get ‘timed exclusive’ Zombies mode

Activision and Sonys partnership is very much alive and kicking as evidenced by the newly announced Zombies Onslaught game mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. While it is labeled as a timed exclusive feature, but it...
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