Humans are Parasites: These and Other Light Conversational Topics to Enliven Any Dinner Party

By Emily Foss Governments and religions should fear air pumps and electrical machines. Well, maybe not all governments and religions, but the oppressive ones that seek to stifle the free-thinking among their electorates should. This is because an educated populace tends to be better at recognizing bullshit and are much more vocal with their criticisms when theyContinue reading “Humans are Parasites: These and Other Light Conversational Topics to Enliven Any Dinner Party”

Mountains, Mint Sprigs and Mephitic Air

By Emily Foss Midway through the first chapter of The Invention of Air, Steven Johnson outlines three models to explain how advancements in science arise throughout history and explores the prime movers behind them. He begins with the progressive model which asserts that scientific discovery behaves like a conveyor belt moving steadily upward, building upon theContinue reading “Mountains, Mint Sprigs and Mephitic Air”