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“Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech”

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:20:55 +0000

Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech (From New Scientist, via This Week In Sound The team discovered that male and female baboons each produce four vowel-like sounds. Females produce one that males don’t, and vice versa, so in total there are five distinct vowels. They correspond to the second syllable in “roses”, … Continue reading “Baboons recorded making key sounds found in human speech”

The mission of this blog is

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:48 +0000

This blog is an open journal. I don’t know why I like having a public notebook that nobody reads, just that I do like it. It serves enough of a purpose that I keep doing it. I am not seeking readers here. My guess at the readership is five people, all of whom know me … Continue reading The mission of this blog is

SciAm on Octopus Intelligence

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:59:09 +0000

Scientific American: Eight smart limbs plus a big brain add up to a weird and wondrous kind of intelligence Octopuses and their kin (cuttlefish and squid) stand apart from other invertebrates, having evolved with much larger nervous systems and greater cognitive complexity. The majority of neurons in an octopus are found in the arms, which … Continue reading SciAm on Octopus Intelligence

MLK day

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:49:08 +0000

As a White person, I can take responsibility for doing stuff about racism. I don’t have to slack. It’s Martin Luther King day today. Ordinarily it’s just another day off, like President’s Day or Columbus Day. Usually I work on meaningless holidays. This year I will observe the occasion. What I’ll do will be small … Continue reading MLK day

“Neanderthals Were People, Too” (NYT)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:10:35 +0000


Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:26:08 +0000

Is Humanism Really Human? How might a posthumanist approach to undoing interspecies hierarchies intervene with structures of violence among humans themselves? Trump’s election reflects and emboldens white supremacy and misogyny to a frightening degree. Could a posthumanist intervention risk moving focus away from a direct and much-needed struggle against these things, or could it help?

Octopus intelligence

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:19:35 +0000

Just how smart is an octopus? The cleft in the tree of life that separated the lineages that led to vertebrates and invertebrates happened 600 million years ago. One path, as Godfrey-Smith explains, led to progressively more complex intelligences, in the form of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. The other path, while producing sophisticated means … Continue reading Octopus intelligence


Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:44:10 +0000

I have a recurring thought about how little our species’ experience of life differs from others. I’m doing some ordinary thing like biting into a doughnut and I think “this feels pretty much the same to a monkey.” Our physical sensations are probably the same as all other mammals. Things like physical pain, sleepiness, and … Continue reading Trans-species-ism

Big Leg Ida

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:58:35 +0000

I love this piece for the calm mood, for the super sparse mix, and for the hollering vocal.

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Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:34:27 +0000

It is the will of the people. The voters wanted to break shit, and thus shall it be broken. The first thing each of us needs to do is take care of ourself. The right wing can’t govern. They gave us Iraq and the Great Recession. They gave us epic national debt. And that was … Continue reading Next