Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ideas that add up #81

There is no form of language in the world that is ever spoken aloud without accompanying hand movements. Indeed, the greater the effort of concentration on live speech, the more the speaker needs to move his or her hands. Try … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #80

The [Buddhist] idea of the void-essence of self [ie our own fundamental essence is non-existence] is one arrived at through meditation, through exercises in reflection dictated by centuries of tradition. That’s enough to give us pause right there — it’s … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #79

“That was why, I think, you got such ferocious attention and hairsplitting over the text of what Lenin wrote. The attempt to dissociate the later development of the Soviet Union from Lenin’s ideas. Now, if you think of it in … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #78

WASHINGTON, DC–According to an EPA study conducted in conjunction with the U.N. Task Force On Global Developmental Impact, consumer-product diversity now exceeds biodiversity. “Last year’s introduction of Dentyne Ice Cinnamint gum, right on the heels of the extinction of the … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #77

Chimpanzees can far outperform humans in some mental tasks, including rapidly memorising and recalling numbers, Japanese scientists have shown. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, of Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute, showed remarkable video footage … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #76

In his short novel Le Cure de Tours, Balzac writes of a cognomologie by which a personal name may express an entire personality. What would he have made of Mr Rich Ricci? (“Barclays’ Ricci cashes £17.6m in share bonuses”, report, March … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #75

I would describe myself as an atheist. But I’m friendly to religion on the grounds that it seems to be distinctively human, and it has produced many good things. To be a humanist and to hate this distinctively human feature is … Continue reading

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