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On The Relationship Between Gout And Creativity

As someone who suffers, sometimes very painfully, from gout, I have tended to seek out insight into areas that relate to this most patrician of maladies.  It is said that gout, like childbirth, is among the most intense forms of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Why?

Why?:  What Makes Us Curious, by Mario Livio This is a book that could have been better than it was.  When it comes to books on creativity, sooner or later most authors make some sort of wild evolutionary speculations.  And … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Runaway Species

The Runaway Species:  How Human Creativity Remakes The World, by Anthony Brandt and David Eaglemann This is one of the many books that seeks to combine a concern for the aesthetics of creativity with a purportedly scientific approach in evolution … Continue reading

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On The Problems Of Herd Immunity

For those who are not aware of the term, the expression herd immunity is a somewhat slippery term (more on that below) that is viewed as an article of faith by those who are in favor of increasingly more vaccinations … Continue reading

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Book Review: Creating Things That Matter

Creating Things That Matter:  The Art And Science Of Innovations That Last, by David Edwards There are some books that try too hard and those which do not try hard enough, and this book is clearly in the first camp.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Creative Spark

The Creative Spark:  How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional, by Augustín Fuentes It is often the case that writers know far less than they presume to know about the subject of creativity.  There are a wide variety of reasons for this.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dinomania

Dinomania:  Why We Love, Fear And Are Utterly Enchanted By Dinosaurs, by Boria Sax For a variety of reasons, most books about dinosaurs spent a lot of time talking about evolution (something this book does) but spend little time talking … Continue reading

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Book Review: Why Dinosaurs Matter

Why Dinosaurs Matter, by Kenneth Lacovara This is the sort of book that delivers more or less what I expected from it, which is to say that while the book certainly did not meet my own standards for excellence or … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Beloved Brontosaurus

My Beloved Brontosaurus:  On The Road With Old Bones, New Science, And Our Favorite Dinosaurs, by Brian Switek I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did.  Like many children, I grew up watching The Land Before … Continue reading

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Book Review: Loonshots

Loonshots:  How To Nurture The Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, And Transform Industries, by Safi Bahcall In reading this book it became very obvious that the author was someone who had a high view of science and medicine, … Continue reading

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