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http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1 Somebody can kill you, at any time. (Source: http://c.brightcove.com/)

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Hebbian History

memeengine replied to your post: Or can the influence of any ancestor ever fade down to zero? (Or, well… to arbitrarily small size?) An AR[1] process can go arbitrarily ↓0 as time↑∞. But in real life the sins of the fathers … Continue reading

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Just in case you forgot that primitive living means eating live cockroaches and bony rats’ tails for extra protein. The Adi people of Tibet/India (Aranatra Pradesh) play host to the BBC’s Bruce Parry. (Source: https://twitter.com/)

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Newsflash: You Should Be Happy!!!

Matt Ridley has written an entertaining book: The Rational Optimist, detailing all the ways in which life is great for rich people. (By rich people I mean the fraction of humans who make ≥5 figure salaries in $.) For example Louis … Continue reading

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@isomorphisms: Best not be too happy with your salary. That makes it hard to bargain for more. If the past is any guide to the future, then at some point the past will stop being a good guide to the … Continue reading

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Confidence is necessary for great civilisations to flourish. Do you hear those last echoes of Empire? This was filmed in 1969 but Kenneth Clark had grown up in another age—a time when Great Britain’s cultural superiority went unquestioned in many huts … Continue reading

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We [cannot] persist in seeing Leonardo [da Vinci] as an artist on the one hand and a scientist and technologist on the other. The common response is to suggest that he recognised no divisions between the two…. This doesn’t quite … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Peter Thiel and Niall Ferguson 1990’s: The pace of technological change is getting faster! and the pace at which it’s getting faster is getting faster!! Soon we’ll all be cyborgs and live for 1000 years in the … Continue reading

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At the local viewing of the transit of Venus, I asked an astronomer named Lisa how people noticed a planet going in front of the Sun in the first place. (Surely they weren’t just staring at the sun all day?) … Continue reading

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The Book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb A five-year effort, published in 2009 A.D. Crumb: “In setting out to illustrate the Book of Genesis, I quickly learned that I had to read the text very carefully and closely in order … Continue reading

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