Trees look like nervous systems

Naked trees, especially in the fog, make me think of nervous systems. They are kind of creepy looking if you think of it that way. The roots could be nerves too, though we don't see them. Branches are kind of like air-roots. The tree we see above ground is a mirror of the roots below... …

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Horrors of the world

Rings of Saturn's seemingly random topic hoping is all coming together, related in the big picture by every thought, every piece of history he talks about seeming to show how humans are terrible, or maybe that the world is terrible. Aside from the overt bleakness of the historical stuff he talks about, there is a …

Multitudinous progeny

Different creatures have different strategies for passing on their genes. Spiders for example, produce thousands of offspring and send them flying off on the wind without a care for their survival--with a thousand chances, a few are sure to survive. Humans and other mammals, on the other hand, put all their energy and effort into …

Odd John: another biography style story about super smart people

I just finished Odd John and it reminded me a bit of The Glass Bead Game in that it was a historical/biographical style telling of a group of super intelligent people who the rest of the world doesn't understand. It was about ten times more entertaining, though that isn't saying much. It was also written …

Odd people

I've been listening to Odd John recently, and the character is so 'high above' regular humans that he sees them as friendly animals. Hi arrogance is abbrasive, but his overwhelming curiosity and passion for knowledge makes up for it and makes him a likable character. How to write terribly smart characters without being terribly smart …

Alternate Worlds: in which there is more than one human species

It is mostly accepted that several human species lived together at the same time, long in the past. Eventually all the others were killed/died off and we are left with only homo sapiens. But perhaps, in an alternate world, more than one human species survived to the modern world, living alongside us. Would this world …

Creating new senses for humans

I just watched this TED talk with David Eagleman, and I am impressed, astonished and excited for the future of our species. After seeing all the different ways our brain is able to process sensory input in this video, I am convinced that Eagleman's 'Mr. Potato-head' analogy is not far off at all. If blind …