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Do animals have minds?

Animal Wise: the thoughts and emotions of our fellow creatures, by Virginia Morell, Black Inc. Books, 2013. Laughing rats, name-calling wild parrots, archer-fish with a sense of humour, and educated ants; the naturalist Charles Darwin would have loved this book. The philosopher Rene Descartes would equally have found it deeply troubling. Both with good reason. […]

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Anticipation of stressful events may cause cellular ageing

Psychologists have found people most threatened by the anticipation of stressful tasks looked older at the cellular level.  The ability to anticipate future events allows us to plan and exert control over our lives.  Anticipation may also contribute to stress-related increased risk for the diseases of aging, according to this study. The researchers studied 50 […]

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