Extrasomatic: outside of the body About 10 millennia ago… the first patches of deliberately cultivated plants as a small share of the Earth’s total photosynthesis… Read More »Technology (25): Vaclav Smil on prime movers and extrasomatic energy
When a person from a remote village moves to the city and finds themselves living in a slum, they have not become poor and marginalised.… Read More »Slums, slot-machines and self-un-marginalisation
In warfare there are understood to be three important levels: the strategic, the operational, and the tactical. Strategy refers to the big picture, the overall… Read More »James Holland on strategy, operations and tactics
If you build it… … then they will come. You don’t have to have all that much, and they will come.
A certain sadness hangs over Harkness State Park: The estate passed to the State of Connecticut in part, one presumes, because Edward and Mary had… Read More »House of Winds: Ross Douthat on particularity and partiality in philanthropy
Hattip: Brink Lindsey Let us, for the sake of argument, suppose that a hundred years hence we are all of us, on the average, eight… Read More »Technology (24): Keynes on The Permanent Problem; or, The Dread of Abundance
In The Heretical Imperative [Peter Berger] has argued that the distinctive feature of this [‘modern’, Western] culture is that there is no generally acknowledged “plausibility… Read More »Leslie Newbigin on The Heretical Imperative