The Future, Threats to Mankind

Deadly Epidemics of the Past

There have been many deadly epidemics in the history of mankind. Some originating in our ancient times, before our written records as they exist today. But what is an epidemic exactly and how do they happen? Epidemics are well-defined as being a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.… Continue reading Deadly Epidemics of the Past

Books

Monsters on Medieval Maps – Mythical Beasts and Hybrid Humans

Most of the medieval maps with pictures of sea creatures were meant to adorn the houses of wealthy people, who were curious about what was beyond their limited experience. The maps that were used for navigation were less adorned, and more practical. Travel at the time was difficult, and rare, and most people were ignorant… Continue reading Monsters on Medieval Maps – Mythical Beasts and Hybrid Humans

Books, Films

Science Fantasy – Exploring a Popular Sub-Genre

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction points out that the sub-genre of science fantasy has never been clearly defined. The label first became widely used after many of these stories had been published in Pulp Fiction magazines, where authors attempted to merge the techniques of sci-fi with the world of fantasy. One of the ways in… Continue reading Science Fantasy – Exploring a Popular Sub-Genre

Humans

Disturbed Minds – Real Life Human Experiments

Many times, reviewing history can reveal the more dangerous side of humanity. It can also show our unexplained cruelty, as these disturbing human experiments will demonstrate: Experiments on Newborns In the 1960s, researchers at the University of California used newborns as the subjects of their tests to find out more about blood pressure. The 113… Continue reading Disturbed Minds – Real Life Human Experiments

Humans

Reading the Mind – Is Telepathy Really Possible?

Even though the vast majority of the population doesn’t believe in mind reading, there are many people that believe it is possible. There are also some who have mastered the art and will be able to tell you what you are thinking most of the time. For many of these, the talent is a natural… Continue reading Reading the Mind – Is Telepathy Really Possible?

Genetic Engineering

Genetic Modification – Changing an Organism’s Genetic Composition

The process of altering an organism’s genetic make-up, to ensure that it will have certain characteristics, is known as genetic modification or genetic engineering. It has already been applied to plants and animals for many years. Even though genetic modification can be used to cure life threatening diseases, many argue that it is immoral to… Continue reading Genetic Modification – Changing an Organism’s Genetic Composition