Category Archives: Science

“Ultrasociety” by Peter Turchin

Paleo Retiree writes: The book’s complete title: “Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth.” A stimluting, clear, fast and provocative attempt to explain via the principles of cultural evolution and population biology how humans … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Kingdom of Speech”

Fenster speaks: The Kingdom of Speech, Tom Wolfe’s idiosyncratic reading of evolution, linguistics and language, ends with a paean to speech.  SPEECH!  (Note to editor: italicize that word for emphasis.  Capitalize it of course.  And, since this is speech, we … Continue reading

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Steve Sailer Echoes Seth Roberts

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Imagine that fake smiling makes, say, 10% of people feel better and 10% feel worse and has no effect on 80%. Then there’d be no effect overall. And yet, fake smiling would still cheer up 10% of the … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Have Fish?

Eddie Pensier writes: [Oppenheimer] had fierce opinions when it came to food and wine. “Martinis had to be strong. Coffee had to be black. Steak had to be rare,” listed the British physicist Rudolf Peierls. Once, Oppenheimer took Peierls and … Continue reading

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Letter from Benelux 2

Fenster writes: Returned from the trip to Belgium, flying in an out of Amsterdam rather than Brussels . . . Spent a little time among the Dutch in Amsterdam visiting one of the host families from my semester in college. … Continue reading

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UR’s Philosophy and “The Evolution of Everything”

Fenster writes: Back here Blowhard Esq. summed up UR’s philosophy in a nutshell by quoting Frédéric Bastiat, which makes us classical liberals in economic matters I think.  I don’t object since that line of thinking is agreeable.  Plus, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Pop Science, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: As should be obvious to regular readers, I’m hardly a scientific type. Music, food, drink, and art are more my speed. But every once in a while my brain drifts briefly to rationality and I enjoy learning … Continue reading

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