Guns, Germs, and Steel is a great series to watch, if a bit long, but well worth the time. Jared Diamond has a great theory that just “clicks” with me the more I watch it. He starts simple, and then extrapolates. Why are Europeans so often the conqueror? Farming, and domesticated animals that can help … Continue reading Are We There Yet?
It seems counter-intuitive, but it makes sense: Lions spend almost 80% of their day sleeping., which means they spend less than 20% hunting. Odd to think of laziness as a survival trait, but Jacobs makes a good point in The Nature of Economies, that without some way to limit how much they hunt, lions could easily … Continue reading Being Lazy Keeps You Alive (If You Are a Lion, That Is)
We the People 2.0 is an interesting video to watch. I can sympathize with the communities forced to have oil wells placed on private land, by a private company, with full backing of the government. I agree that it is wrong to do so. I essentially agree that a city or other municipality should be … Continue reading The Law of Unintended Consequences (of Laws)
The required reading, Chapter 3 of Blink by Malcolm Gladwell is, forgive the near pun, eye-opening. I think of myself as very unprejudiced, and strive to be without discrimination when it comes to race, creed, gender, religion, etc. However, when I tried just the simple IAT given in the book, I was horrified to see myself … Continue reading Exposing Predisposition, Quick as a Blink
RIP! is a film I tried to watch when it was first released, but was never able to get past the first half or so. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to watch it all, I could never find the time. It was a pleasant surprise that I would now need to sit down and … Continue reading Creation as a Culture