By empowering readers and observers with transparent access to the means by which conclusions are reached, rather than assembling them in an audience to hear the Authorities deliver the catechism from on high, we are all of us becoming scientists in this way, entering into a democracy of the intellect that is already bearing spectacular […]
A bicycle for the mind
[The bike is] one of the great force amplifiers of all time because it doesn’t detract from us–it takes everything we’ve got and amplifies it. Most computers today are sold like cars, where as many things as possible are done for you. You don’t have to understand how it works and, in fact, you don’t […]
Tim Jackson’s economic reality check
“It’s a story about us, people, being persuaded to spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to create impressions that won’t last, on people we don’t care about.”
This is NOT your family tree
An idea is a network
Connecting vs Protecting. Excellent!
Echinoderms are mostly sedentary and hence they are more peaceful than other phylas :)
Linux in schools
Consider the following breakdown for market share by operating system as of June 2010. “A” … 91%”B” … 4.4%”C” … 1% One could easily assume that “A” is Microsoft Windows, “B” is Mac and “C” is Linux. This list, however, does not include family computers purchased at your neighborhood electronics store. Rather it looks at […]
Gulf Spill Cocktail
It was, Lewis Wolpert admits, a rather pretentious thing to say. The renowned biologist and author was at a European scientific meeting with colleagues when a doctor delegate asked him what he was researching. Gastrulation, Wolpert replied. The doctor’s declaration of ignorance was briskly met with: “It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation […]
The Flying Spaghetti Monster resting with its noodly appendages after creating the universe.