Are Human Societies Starting to Resemble Ant... →
jtotheizzoe: The Smithsonian Institution’s Mark Moffett recently wrote that human societies may have more in common with ants than other primate groups. “… modern humans have more in common with some ants than we do with our closest relatives the chimpanzees. With a maximum size of about 100, no chimpanzee group has to deal with issues of public health, infrastructure, distribution of goods...
How Neuroscientists and Magicians Are Conjuring... →
jtotheizzoe: Mariette DiChristina, editor-in-chief of Scientific American, reports from the Neuromagic conference last week. Magicians and neuroscientists came together to discuss the science behind their illusions and how they use the human mind against itself. Our internally produced picture of reality is subjective—and subject to influence. “Magicians are the performance artists of...
Secret History: A Math-Free Guide to the Math of... →
cab1729: Alice in Wonderland got its start as a simple story, told by a mathematics professor to a colleague’s daughter. It’s a strange story that seems to be the result of a drug trip, but is actually a scathing satire of the new-fangled math that the professor was seeing invade his area of study. holy shit that is incredible
The Future of Conflict →
tetw: by Robert D. Kaplan Europe is a landscape; East Asia a seascape. Because the span of the decades, the demographic and economic axis of the Earth has shifted to the opposite end of Eurasia, where the spaces between major population centers are overwhelmingly maritime, the 21st century’s defining battleground is going to be on water.
When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When,...– Tom Robbins (via myquotelibrary)