Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ideas that add up #175

Plankton — the tiny animals, plants and microbes that sustain life in the oceans — are far more diverse than biologists realised, according to the results from a four-year voyage around the world by the research schooner Tara. It found … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #174

It took me some time to realize that choosing is an activity that is overvalued in our world and causes much frustration. To me, it is not important whether I buy this product or another; it is more important to … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #173

Only later did it occur to me that they may have meant something entirely different when they called me Elephant. They had never seen a circus; they would not know elephants that did tricks. And I did not know what … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #172

The Czechs, whose immediate postwar reaction is illustrated in first-hand accounts of sickening detail, had in the words of a teenager imprisoned by the Nazis, “gone crazy”….Children buried their murdered parents. Some went feral in the woods, dogs set on … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #171

“The idea behind our research is that, if an entire galaxy had been colonised by an advanced, spacefaring civilization, the energy produced by that civilisation’s technologies would be detectable in mid-infrared wavelengths – exactly the radiation that the Wise satellite … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #170

The essence of group selection is this: “although a high standard of morality gives but a slight or no advantage to each individual man and his children over other men of the same tribe…an increase in the number of well-endowed … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #169

The greatest of the Gillray prints is “The Plumb Pudding in Danger”, an amazing image of two voracious western leaders carving up the globe between them. Which is the greater villain, Napoleon who confines his attentions to Europe, or the … Continue reading

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