or What Trees Can Teach Us About Human Intelligence. My native California is home to the world's tallest tree species: Sequoia sempervirens or the coastal redwood. The tallest living specimen towers a lofty 115 meters (379 feet) above the forest…Read more › Continue Reading »
I. National sovereignty Conservatives often clamor for strong national borders. For most of my life I had no idea why. I mean, I understood their specific (partisan) agendas — wanting to restrict immigration or keep drugs out of the country,…Read more › Continue Reading »
Time again for the annual indulgence: blogging about the blog itself. Main points for 2014: Fewer posts... but higher quality(?). I published only 8 full essays this year. Granted, most of them were long — 3500 words on average —…Read more › Continue Reading »
A Tale of Dominance, Submission, and Friendship on the Cheap. So humans are a peculiar species. You probably knew that. What you may not have realized — like I hadn't until recently — is just how many specific traits and…Read more › Continue Reading »
There's a meme, particularly virulent in educated circles, about how advertising works — how it sways and seduces us, coaxing us gently toward a purchase. The meme goes something like this: Rather than attempting to persuade us (via our rational,…Read more › Continue Reading »
I write things and put them here. Usually twice a month. Essays about philosophy, human behavior, and occasionally software. It's my excuse for toying around with new ideas and practicing the craft of writing.
I have to understand the world, you see. — Richard Feynman