Thoughts

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 bat, it's...

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

Much of science has taken the view that to understand a system, it is best to break it into it's subsystems to understand how it works. But with complex systems as in life, this does not work.
The 80/20 Principle

The 80/20 Principle

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.