Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ideas that add up #131

For gorillas, habituation comes in stages: fear; avoidance; aggression; and finally, indifference. Profile of WWF researcher Angelique Todd, working with lowland gorillas in the C.A.R., The Telegraph, November 25th, 2011 For the first few months as a determined researcher, all … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #130

My experience has been that when people are frightened and do not understand the historical changes taking place around them, they seek magic and power to solve their problems. They want shamans who can speak in tongues…. The blood of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #129

Translation presupposes not the loss of the ineffable in any given act of interlingual mediation such as the translation of poetry, but the irrelevance of the ineffable to acts of communication. Any thought a person can have, the philosopher Jerrold … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #128

I found myself wondering whether I was just wandering around a huge gallery full of fakes, or shadows, or ghosts of art works. Then I thought…when you see them in their original setting, a lot of other thoughts are taking … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #127

Marketers use extrinsic values like social status to help sell cars or to encourage us to shop conspicuously. But many social marketers also advocate the use of such extrinsic appeals to drive environmentally-friendly behaviour. This is despite studies repeatedly showing … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #126

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. Supposedly Darwin, Descent of Man A look down the intertubes for the source of this quotation led straight to: six things … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #125

When you’ve been ripped off, when you’ve been conned, when you’ve been dragged into somebody else’s madness…it makes you mad too. The closer you get to their madness, it’s not as if the closer you get to some truth. You begin … Continue reading

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