Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
The illusion that we understand the past fosters overconfidence in our ability to predict the future.
Monday, August 1st, 2016
Sustaining doubt is harder work than sliding into certainty.
Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Monday, April 25th, 2016
Sunday, April 7th, 2013
A suggestion for a retitling: The Book of the Author’s Flaring Nostrils. For much of the time during the first half of the book I was more than irritated with the author’s unmooring, which threatened to seriously undermine my value of his previous book, Spell of the Sensuous, which I loved. I did enjoy his honest account of his silly heightened action state coming out of the theatre after watching a James Bond movie.
Friday, January 18th, 2013
It’s official: women are mate-poachers. I would have wagered on this anyway. “Offered a single man, 59% [of single women] were interested … But when he was attached, 90% said they were…”
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
The World Until Yesterday
It’s been criticized that nobody comes alive, and it’s also repetitive, and would be a better book if it were denser. but it’s great. It tells us some real truths about an important thing: how we were for the vast majority of our time. The implications of tribalism, where meeting any stranger is potentially deadly, is important. What a memoir.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Humans evolved to run long distances, argues Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, and the evolutionary approach helps us use our bodies better. Great stuff!
Friday, August 31st, 2012
To paraphrase what Lincoln said about slavery, if cruelty to animals is not wrong then nothing is wrong.
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
A brief step into the fascinating question of early-life memory. Lots of comments as well, some are interesting.
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
Sunday, March 27th, 2011
Monday, September 20th, 2010
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
No other animal on earth could do this. Maybe beavers. But not like this.
Dwight Schrute at a garbage dump in The Office
Monday, February 22nd, 2010
Britain, with Charles Darwin and Adam Smith, gives us at long last cosmology and sociology that are not narrative but algorithmic.
Saturday, November 21st, 2009
However yawns arise, and whatever they signify, such a spontaneous copying response to a second person’s signal of mood is an unmistakable sign of empathy.
Sunday, August 16th, 2009
Thursday, September 12th, 2002