"Even Thomas Merton — a mid-twentieth century activist monk who lived at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, and whom Odell holds up as a model of informed, participatory refusal — might have difficulty following the same path today. My mom lives a couple hours away from the Abbey of Gethsemani and when we went … Continue reading Against Hustle
"In a challenge to the idea that brain death is final, researchers have revived the disembodied brains of pigs four hours after the animals were slaughtered. Although the experiments stopped short of restoring consciousness, they raise questions about the ethics of the approach — and, more fundamentally, about the nature of death itself. " —Sara … Continue reading Brain in a Vat
"The Castles of Burgundy has long been one of my favorite strategy board games, a 90-120 minute game of tile-laying with a complex scoring system that is often derided as “point salad,” meaning you can get points from so many different paths that there might seem to be no logic to it. I mention that … Continue reading Castles of Burgundy
"Both the velomobile and the electric bicycle increase the limited range of the cyclist — the former optimises aerodynamics and ergonomics, while the latter assists muscle power with an electric motor fuelled by a battery.The electric velomobile combines both approaches, and so maximises the range of the cyclist — so much so that it is … Continue reading Electric Velomobiles
"Evolution is a nice, big idea. It connotes the glacial pace of an unmeditated act unfolding upon species, concepts, and ecosystems. It certainly doesn’t usually get branded as a feeling. But a couple months ago I felt this thing. Maybe a little like what a mommy feels when her fetus kicks the wall crossed with … Continue reading The Power and Pitfalls of Adderall: Daring to Be Disinteresting
"'Once formed,' the researchers observed dryly, 'impressions are remarkably perseverant.'" —Elizabeth Kolbert, "Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds." The New Yorker. February 19, 2017. Be careful what you believe.
"Even before Barr releases the report, those planning on reading it would do well to reflect on what it is — and what it is not. It is, by regulation, a report on the prosecutions and declinations the Mueller team took during their tenure. It is not supposed to be, contrary to many claims, a … Continue reading How to Read the Mueller Report