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New Savanna · 1d ago

Five epochs of energy and evolution

Olivia P. Judson, The energy expansions of evolution, Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, Article number: 0138 (2017)doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0138Abstract: The history of the life–Earth system can b...
New Savanna · 1d ago

Sapolsky on good and evil (sorta’)

Robert Sapolsky is a Stanford biologist who’s just published an 800-page book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. Sean Illing interviews him in Vox.On violence:Sean Illing:...
New Savanna · 1d ago

The true nature of reality is strange

I’m a regular reader of Tyler Cowen’s blog, Marginal Revolution (which he runs along with Alex Tabarrok). As some of you know, Cowen is a libertarian economist with various and capacious rea...
New Savanna · 3d ago

Malibu Diner

New Savanna · 5d ago

Musician's Journal: The Magic of the Bell

This experience has had a profound effect on how I think about music. I used a reworked version to open the second chapter of Beethoven's Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture. One of my all time...
New Savanna · 1W ago

Crumpled Irises

New Savanna · 1W ago

Can't we all get along? Russia and the USofA

Bottom Line: Perhaps we should reset our relationship with Russia. Alas, 45 and company are more interested in oil money than peace and they're incompetent at governance. But what we're seei...
New Savanna · 1W ago

A history of the world in 20 entertaining minutes

H/t Vox:Thankfully, you don’t have to be around for billions of years to understand how that happened and how you got here. In a new video, YouTube creator Bill Wurtz manages to capture the ...
New Savanna · 1W ago

Is Trump Out of Control?

I don’t know. I simply don’t know what to make of events for the last week so.The Comey firing was a debacle. While I have no love for the man, it seemed pretty clear that when the announcem...
New Savanna · 1W ago

Redefining the Coming Singularity – It’s not what you think

“The interests of humanity may change, the present curiosities in science may cease, and entirely different things may occupy the human mind in the future.” One conversation centered on the ...