This week, we lead off with news which includes a special segment on the first image of a black hole, and some of the controversies that ensued after the image (and one of its co-discoverers) appeared online. We then shift our attention to the discovery of yet another new species of human, and what such discoveries tell us about human history, evolution, and other ideas about our past.
On a related note, with the discovery of human ancestors and cousins being discovered to have lived relatively recently, could this help support the arguments for the existence of creatures like Sasquatch? Or, does the lack of physical evidence for such creatures close the book on such a possibility?
Finally, in the second hour we are joined by Daniel Lieberman, M.D. and Michael Long, authors of the book The Molecule of More, which discusses the ways that dopamine affects our behavior and activities. We also look at the dopaminergic relationships involved with such things as schizophrenia, delusions, and famous cases like that of John Nash, whose battle against schizophrenia caused him to perceive “supernatural” agents when attempted to communicate with him. Finally, we discuss a pair of unique dreams that the authors individually experienced, which related to decisions and events they were experiencing in the waking reality, and what role dopaminergic activity may play in such dream experiences.