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Analysis of carbon from a number of sites. They were able to that humans pushed towards extinction. and other elements in the fossil teeth reveals confirm that the last Gigantopithecus had Then again, maybe not – for here too, the no signs of a meat diet: the ape was vegetarian. exceptionally large teeth, even by its own Gigantopithecus story is plagued by Gigantopithecus also suffered from standards. 5 times open questions. unusually poor dental health. Something like larger than those of earlier members of the In the mid-1990s, Ciochon and others 10 per cent of the teeth that have been found species.

Marchant, Her bold aim: to rescue the idea that our minds influence our a former colleague, had emailed health from the clutches of me a few months earlier. Would I pseudoscience and restore it to be interested in running a story its proper place at the heart of about how our minds influence conventional medicine. 99 ourselves. ” It was one of those rare proposals that pretty much had me at hello. Even if you read that piece, you will find Cure: A journey into the science of mind over body cases, such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome, actually make us better.

We need free will to decide which arguments we find convincing, and which we dismiss – the essence of doing science. What irony, then, that the search for scientific truth seemed to kill free will. That started with Newton and his universal law of gravitation. Derived from observations of the solar system bodies, it speaks of a cosmos that operates like clockwork and can be described 32 | NewScientist | 21 May 2016 by deterministic theories. Everything that happens today was set in motion yesterday, and indeed was determined in the initial conditions of the big bang; nothing truly new ever happens.

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