Beyond the Umwelt

Beyond the Umwelt

Animals in the same ecosystem pick up on different environmental signals. In the blind and deaf world of the tick, the important signals are temperature and the odor of butyric acid. For the black ghost knifefish, it’s electrical fields. For the echolocating...
Advanced Rodents with Space Helmets

Advanced Rodents with Space Helmets

Although I learn some things fast, I’ve noticed that I often feel that learning fundamental new things is slow and boggy, as if there were some sort of shell around my brain preventing me from seeing and comprehending enough. It’s like I have some kind of...
Clocks and Clouds

Clocks and Clouds

Karl Popper, the great philosopher of science, once divided the world into two categories: clocks and clouds. Clocks are neat, orderly systems that can be solved through reduction; clouds are an epistemic mess, “highly irregular, disorderly, and more or less...
The Cutting Edge,…Where is it?

The Cutting Edge,…Where is it?

About 10 years a go I was entering a new phase of my life and exploring what to do next. I decided it would help if I could assess what was happening in various camps, technology, art, etc. – to find the cutting edge of what was happening in the different...