Monthly Archives: November 2014

Ideas that add up #123

Turn off the spine-tingling music and forget everything you thought you knew about this solitary, “mindless killing machine”. Sharks have individual personalities. They socialise, choose best friends and create social networks of unusual complexity. They can be trained by humans … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #122

Civilizations have throughout history marched blindly toward disaster, because humans are wired to believe that tomorrow will be much like today — it is unnatural for us to think that this way of life, this present moment, this order of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #121

“Let me ask you,” he says, “about the most despicable thing you’ve ever done in your life, that you’re most ashamed of, that you don’t want anyone to know. My guess is we’d agree that it’s not a criminal offence. … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #120

In a carefully stage-managed charade Dostoyevsky and the rest of the group were taken on the morning of 22 December 1849 to a regimental parade ground, where scaffolding had been erected and decorated with black crepe. Their crimes and sentence … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #119

Rewilding, unlike conservation, has no fixed objective: it is driven not by human management but by natural processes. There is no point at which it can be said to have arrived. I was struck by a thought which now seems … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #118

The US Navy were said to have given one man the specific job of breaking Brown’s record. “To his everlasting credit he got up to 1,600 and then had a nervous breakdown,” says Brown. Fear is something test pilots have … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #117

My name is Roy Sesana; I am a Gana Bushman from the Kalahari, in what is now called Botswana. In my language, my name is ‘Tobee’ and our land is ‘Tamm’. We have been there longer than any people have … Continue reading

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