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“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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It’s a New Day in America!

Fenster writes: At a time of rancor and divisiveness it is good to remember: it’s a new day in America! It’s always a new day in America. America . . . it’s a new day! President Frank Underwood A new … Continue reading

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Inside a Bubble

Fenster writes: If you find yourself in a hole the best advice is to stop digging.  What if you suspect you are in a bubble?  How would you know you are even in one?  And if you determine you are … Continue reading

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Wolcott, New York

Fenster writes: For the upstate NY devotees here. Wolcott is a small town in upstate New York, on Lake Ontario between Rochester and Syracuse. It is weathered and somewhat beaten down looking but not yet beat. There are some handsome … Continue reading

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Lessons from Across the Pond?

Fenster writes: Are there lessons to be learned from the messages from across the pond?  

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Trillin X 2

Fenster writes: Two takes on Calvin Trillin.  Food and killing.

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Sokal Redux?

Fenster writes: When making sense no longer makes sense it is very tempting to stop making sense, this urge itself a form of sense-making.  In 1984 the interrogator tells Winston Smith that two and two can equal five if the … Continue reading

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