Crows getting braver?

It seems that I see more and more crows walking the streets, picking at sidewalk trash in big crowds, not flying away when I come near... is it just me? Or are these birds becoming more a part of the city over time... It seems to me they've learned that humans are not really much …

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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 …

Birds will inherit the world

After humans are extinct, birds will be the next to conquer the world with their minds. We've already seen that ravens and crows can understand death, solve complex puzzles, and remember human faces--now it seems they can plan for the future at least as well as a human child. What would a world ruled by …

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 …

Ex Machina

After watching the trailer for this sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence, I had formed some opinions about it that weren't exactly positive. It looked entertaining, but I had figured it would be another anti-technology movie where 'new thing X that we never should have invented destroys the world!' Which is what any move about technology …