The origin of cooperation
(Plus- Erasmus Darwin)
“The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation”*…

Share and share alike at:

How prefab language helps everybody from politicians to CEOs disguise what they really want to say: "Clichés As a Political Tool."
(plus- the day that most changed history)
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity”*…

Search for meaning at:

People living in climatically turbulent regions tend to make riskier decisions than those in relatively more stable environments: "How Volatile Climate Shapes the Way People Think."
(Plus- the Doomsday Clock)
“Fortune sides with him who dares”*… (or not...)

Feel the heat at:

The pioneering landscape architect Martha Brookes Hutcheson used her own farm to empower women and to build an ecological design theory through action: "Dreaming True."
(Plus- La Fronde)
“Too often the concept of nature has been used to explain social inequalities or exploitative relations as inborn, and hence, beyond the scope of social change”*…

Look to the land:

The fall of humankind and the concept of Original Sin: "Adam and Eve"
(Plus- the Immaculate Conception)
“There’s no such thing as an original sin”*…

Think about transgression:

Accounting for inequality: "Richer and Poorer"
(Plus- the Hunger March)
“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life”*…

Search for balance at:

Ricky Jay and Errol Morris: "Seven Lies About Lying"
(Plus- the ur-courtier)
“No high-minded man, no man of right feeling, can contemplate the lumbering and slovenly lying of the present day without grieving to see a noble art so prostituted”*…

Think about trickery at:

René Girard' cautionary relevance to our time: "The Prophet of Envy"
(Plus- Cicero's mic drop)
“The one who believes he can control violence by setting up defenses is in fact controlled by violence”*…

Deconstruct desire:

Complex systems theorists explain why Democracy is dying
(Plus- Carlyle)
“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard”*…

Get down with governance at:

Sci-Fi Future: @eliotpeper and @MaryKayMagistad on the value of sci fi in helping us think through current crises and possible futures, and about what sci fi has seen coming and what it's gotten just plain wrong...

How mesmerism (And Benjamin Franklin) occasioned the development of the modern clinical trial
(Plus- Anna Freud)
“MESMERISM, n. Hypnotism before it wore good clothes, kept a carriage and asked Incredulity to dinner”*…

You're getting sleepy... at:

The case against quantum computing
(Plus- a big bang)
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”*…

The need for speed:

The origin of the familiar breakfast-lunch-dinner triad: Why Do Americans Eat Three Meals a Day?
(Plus- Russian pets, almost reprieved)
“Three meals a day are a highly advanced institution”

Dig in at:

Can a musical sponsored by a toilet manufacturer be a work of art?
(Plus- the first comedy in English)
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”*…

Know art when you see it at:

Machiavelli reconsidered: the people's Prince
(Plus- Axis Sally)
“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are”*…

Ponder power and presentation:

Despite hurdles, the Seed Library movement Is growing
(Plus- the father of paleobotany)
“Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth”*…

Reap what you sow at:

What do our oldest books say about us?
(Plus- Horace)
“Who ever converses among old books will be hard to please among the new”*…

Turn the pages with care at:

The invention of World History
(Plus- Alice, delivered)
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there”*…

Think about thinking about the past:

A showman and a scholar— one of the most gifted sleight-of-hand artists ever…
RIP, Ricky Jay

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