Going to the Eclipse

I will see the total eclipse on the 21st! I will have to sleep in my car and drive for many hours, but I will see it! I've never seen one, and can't help but wonder what it must have been like for ancient peoples who had no idea what was going on. I'm sure …

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 …

Kindred: disturbing, embarrassing, eye opening

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler follows Dana, a black novelist who lives in California, 1978, and is unwillingly transported back to a pre-Civil War Maryland Plantation. This brief synopsis is already probably enough to make you squirm. I was unsure what I was in for going into this, but I'm glad I read it. The brutality …

Human Species

I've just started taking a class on Coursera, 'A brief history of humankind'. The first lecture was very interesting and I learned that the multiple species of humans--homo erectus, homo neanderthalensis, homo floresiensis and so on--were not simply links in a chain leading to us, homo sapiens. All these species of humans lived at the …

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