Category Archives: Dog and the rest of them

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 #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 #208

Until the past few decades, the Bushmen and the lions lived among each other. They shared water holes. Prides occasionally came into Bushmen camps. A small group of four Bushmen hunters could drive a pride of 30 lions off a … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #207

Predators are perhaps our most accessible experience of the wild. To come upon a grizzly track is to experience the wild in a most intimate, carnal way, an experience that is marked by gross alterations in attention, perception, body language, … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #194

“The most beautiful animals are happy animals,” Roeselien told Bored Panda. “I love them best when they’re totally at ease: free from pain, fear, cold, hunger or any other discomfort. . . . Of course they have their duties calling as … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #180

In studying world literature, Meeker found some significant differences between [tragedy and comedy]. Tragedy was almost exclusively the creation of Western civilisation, arising out of its heroic myths, while comedy was ‘very nearly universal, occurring wherever human culture exists.’ Tragedy … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #177

“My basic perspective on it is, yes, we do have free will, because we can behave the way we wish to behave, but we can’t decide what to will. “The brain simultaneously will generate willed actions, and it will also … Continue reading

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