Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ideas that add up #218

And Viva? A dingo, Viva was like a dog, but more so. What the dogs did inconspicuously, Viva did dramatically. As a result, like the early anthropologist’s best informant, she showed me many unexpected things I might otherwise have missed … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #217

Three centuries before the term was invented, his [Shakespeare’s] Friar Laurence enunciated the basic principle of ecology in declaring in part For nothing so vile that on the earth does live / But to the earth some special good does give. … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #216

There’s neural circuitry that monitors the level of glucose in our blood, constantly. This is all unconscious, because if we were constantly aware of this and monitoring all the bodily functions consciously, our conscious mind would be overwhelmed. So, when glucose … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #215

Most top predators of the planet are majestic creatures. Million of years of dominion have filled them with self-confidence. Sapiens by contrast is more like a banana-republic dictator. Having so recently been one of the underdogs of the savannah, we … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #214

Outside national elections, most people ignore politics altogether. In 2010 the pollsters YouGov asked US voters, “Suppose that you alone could determine whether a Democrat or a Republican represents your Congressional district by paying a specific dollar amount. How much … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #213

When I look at one of those giant turbines, I see the icon of techno-industrial culture.  I see the contemporary expression of the Enlightenment, of Cartesian logic, the scientific revolution and then the Industrial Revolution and then the information revolution.  … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #212

I used to have these fights with my old friend Steve Jobs, the Apple guy, and it infuriated him… …I’d say to him, Steve, these computers you’re inventing here, they’re destroying the world!  They are devices of acceleration, they move … Continue reading

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