Mind games

I've started reading 'The Glass Bead Game' by Herman Hesse, mainly because the title made me think of go. The story features a fictional game that is very abstract and deals with concepts and ideas as the 'pieces'. The players are intellectual elites who use pieces of knowledge or pieces of culture to play their games. The …

Trading instincts for intelligence

I thought the other day about how animals know what to eat and how to find it, seemingly from birth. Do animals accidentally eat poisonous or harmful things? It doesn't seem like it. But we humans, we don't know how to eat, how to catch food, how to prepare it, until we're taught. We don't …

Making Mistakes, an evolutionary advantage?

I was reading this article about the origins of multi-cellular life, and remembered a thought I had a while back. I was thinking about why we make mistakes. It seems strange, for example, when I'm typing this post out, that I several times hit wrong keys by mistake. Why do I do this? Why don't …

Music, evolving like an organism

I recently watched this video from one of my favorite YouTube channels, SciShow, and got me off on a thought tangent. I've always wondered about how non-life things could evolve, such as languages and cultures, and music is just the same. It endures the same selection pressures as life, if you take some imaginative interpretations. …