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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #45 on: October 23, 2013, 02:42:54 am »
And as long as we're modifying things for fun and convenience, maybe we can make breasts that go away when we aren't using them, because seriously c'mon.

I am against this sort of thing.

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You should get breasts. Triple D. Then you would realize how totally stupid having huge wads of fat stuck to your chest are.

The front of my brain already understands this concept.

But you HAVE a front brain. Some seem not to, and would sit there and play with the breasts until they starved to death, just like the coke monkeys.

My front brain is powerless in the face of the monkey that lives in the back, in the muck at the top of my spine.
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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #46 on: October 23, 2013, 02:44:50 am »
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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #47 on: October 23, 2013, 03:49:28 am »
I want sense organs that can process and transmit in radio frequencies. Also a dedicated brain region for doing proper math, like we have for graphics/language/projectile throwing.

Isn't projectile throwing just applied mathematics that are understood intuitively or subconsciously?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130626142710.htm

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How Throwing Made Us Human
June 26, 2013 Little leaguers and professional baseball players alike have our extinct ancestors to thank for their success on the mound, shows a study by George Washington University researcher Neil Roach, which is featured on the cover of the June 27 edition of the journal Nature. Of course, the ability to throw fast and accurately did not evolve so our ancestors could play ball. Instead, Dr. Roach's study proposes that this ability first evolved nearly 2 million years ago to aid in hunting. Humans are unique in their throwing ability, even when compared to our chimpanzee cousins.

"Chimpanzees are incredibly strong and athletic, yet adult male chimps can only throw about 20 miles per hour -- one-third the speed of a 12-year-old little league pitcher," said Dr. Roach, the study's lead author and a postdoctoral scientist in GW's Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Roach and colleagues from Harvard University set out to discover how humans throw so well, and when and why this ability evolved.

Using a 3-D camera system, like those used to make video games and animated movies, they recorded the throwing motions of collegiate baseball players, finding that the human shoulder acts much like a slingshot during a throw, storing and releasing large amounts of energy. "When humans throw, we first rotate our arms backwards away from the target. It is during this 'arm-cocking' phase that humans stretch the tendons and ligaments crossing their shoulder and store elastic energy," Dr. Roach said. "When this energy is released, it accelerates the arm forward, generating the fastest motion the human body produces, resulting in a very fast throw."

Dr. Roach and colleagues also found that certain anatomical features in the torso, shoulder and arm that evolved in our hominin ancestors made this energy storage possible. These features that allow humans to throw so well first appeared in the species Homo erectus approximately 2 million years ago. "We think that throwing was probably most important early on in terms of hunting behavior, enabling our ancestors to effectively and safely kill big game," Dr. Roach said. "Eating more calorie-rich meat and fat would have allowed our ancestors to grow larger brains and bodies and expand into new regions of the world -- all of which helped make us who we are today."

Dr. Roach's study may also have important modern-day implications for some athletes. Baseball pitchers, for example, throw much more frequently than our ancestors probably did. "At the end of the day, despite the fact that we evolved to throw, when we overuse this ability it can end up injuring us," Dr. Roach said.
The next step for Dr. Roach and his colleagues is researching what humans were throwing so long ago, especially since stone projectile points don't appear in the archaeological record until much more recently. The likely weapons of choice? Rocks and sharpened wooden spears.

See also: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/05/how-the-human-brain-tracks-a-100-mph-fastball/
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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #48 on: October 23, 2013, 03:53:07 am »
That is NOT the fastest motion a human generates.

At least not since Indian food was invented.
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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #49 on: October 23, 2013, 03:56:19 am »
That is NOT the fastest motion a human generates.

At least not since Indian food was invented.

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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #50 on: October 23, 2013, 12:34:03 pm »
As per Suu, we need the ability for DOUR to grow a technicolor Fu Manchu moustache that changes color at will.

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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #51 on: October 23, 2013, 02:47:35 pm »
As per Suu, we need the ability for DOUR to grow a technicolor Fu Manchu moustache that changes color at will.

I got nothing better to do...
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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #52 on: October 23, 2013, 10:30:32 pm »
I want the ability to psychically share experiences as though i had lived them myself.
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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #53 on: October 23, 2013, 10:31:32 pm »
I want the ability to psychically share experiences as though i had lived them myself.

Okay.  We can round up a couple of cancer victims and connect your brains.
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Re: Genome fun
« Reply #54 on: October 24, 2013, 01:04:37 am »
That is NOT the fastest motion a human generates.

At least not since Indian food was invented.

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