Grasshopper (Acrididae), Barbilla National Park, Costa Rica. Photo by Piotr Naskrecki/Minden Pictures/Corbis
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For decades, the selfish gene metaphor let us view evolution with new clarity. Is it now blinding us?
Perhaps better then to speak not of genes but the genome — all your genes together. And not the genome as a unitary actor, but the genome in conversation with…
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You are not who you think you are. Philosophers, from the Buddha to David Hume to Derek Parfit, have been telling us that for centuries. There is no essential you, there is no unchanging nucleus at the centre of your being, and there is no homunculus looking through your eyes and pulling the levers that steer your actions.…
Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983) »
There is little point in discussing politics the way it is empirically discussed – and one should refrain from it as some Desi restaurants iterate – because there is no point in choosing from among a herd of narcissists and sociopaths.
And life is short.
Even Plato’s Republic is far from reason, even if in an unlikely way, it is a wealth of ideas.
The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image
The DNA helix is important, of course. But the most important thing it does is make proteins that can operate in regulatory loops. These loops can also operate at the molecular level: genes make proteins, but these proteins determine which genes are ‘off’ and which are ‘on’ (as…
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Night of the Moon Click the thumbnails above for details of the paintings. Source: Freer and Sackler Galleries. The…
The Mid Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival is intricately lined to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared the Mid-Autumn Festival.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you…
The elephant is a lovely animal because it flaps its ears to cool down. Unlike us, it almost knows what it’s doing.