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Between Possibility And Inevitability

One of the notable asymmetries between looking at current events and history is the way that current events seem full of possibilities while history seems full of historical inevitability. As is often the case, there are errors looking both ways. … Continue reading

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Believe The Evidence

Like many people, I have an interest in celebrity trials. This is not because such trials are consequential on their own–they are not–nor because celebrities are often worthwhile people, because most of the time they are not, but rather because … Continue reading

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On The Productivity Of Theories

How do theories show themselves to be productive? As someone who reads a fair amount of material about linguistics, one often finds situations where writers seek to determine the deep relationships between long-separated languages as a way of showing the … Continue reading

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Louis Agassiz Was Right

It is not a popular opinion in contemporary science to say so, but Louis Agassiz was right that what we find when looking at the natural history of the world is more a world shaped by massive extinction events than … Continue reading

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Inside/Outside: Part Three

Having previously looked at some of the elements of the relationship between inside and outside, I would like to look at some of the fundamentals of what makes a body. This may seem to be random and tangential, but there … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hidden Life Of Ice

The Hidden Life Of Ice: Dispatches From A Disappearing World, by Marco Tedesco with Alberto Flores d’Arcais How you feel about this book will depend in large part on how you feel about the author’s conceit that the ice of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Never Cry Wolf

Never Cry Wolf, by Farley Mowat I read this book on the recommendation of some friends of mine who saw and appreciated the 1983 movie adaptation of the book and thought that I would appreciate the book and its odd … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Last Stargazers

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story Of Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers, by Emily Levesque This book could have been much better than it was, as is often the case. There are really a couple of issues with this book that prevent … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mammals Of Somaliland

The Mammals Of Somaliland by Ralph Evelyn Drake-Brockman This is a book that will not meet the approval of those with a contemporary view of animals and how they should be dealt with. This book generally consists of short and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Echidna: Australia’s Enigma

The Echidna: Australia’s Enigma, by Dr. Peggy Rismiller As is often the case in books like this, this volume is not only about the echidna and what an odd animal it happens to be, but also about the author, because … Continue reading

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