If life is enjoyed does it have to make sense?
Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great scientific paper. Photos of mathematicians’ blackboards. Category Theory. Footnotes to Plato. Curation as creation. Language, AI and the brain. Natural Selection. An octopus changing colour while sleeping. The tragedy of Kashmir. And more.
For as long as I can remember I've heard a loud noise just before falling asleep, not every night, but every few days. The noise is typically accompanied by a dream image.
Bloomberg special issue on the periodic table and the elements. Machine behaviour. A day in the life of a tree. Excerpt from The Understory. The insect apocalypse is driven by a 50x increase in toxic pesticides. If Sapiens were a blog post. J.M Coetzee on Australia’s shame. Mosquitoes. And more.
In this video, starting with a simple melody, Happy Birthday, Nahre Sol leads the viewer through 16 techniques to create increasingly complex variations on a theme.
Dancing with the ancients. The number of roles in theatre plays has decreased over time. How digital advertising markets really work. Time is running out for sand. Deep learning has a terrible carbon footprint. The first humans to reach the Americas. Pentaquarks. Extremophiles. Sloths. And more.
Why science needs philosophy. What are the limits of deep learning? In defence of the black box. Cats know their names. Using physics to make sense of the brain's tangled networks. Stadium shows in the age of mechanical reproduction. The new physics needed to probe the origins of life. And more.
Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history. Walking helps us think. Weekend recovery sleep doesn't work. Why anti-conformists end up looking the same. An interview with Javier Cercas. Denisovans may have mated with modern humans as recently as 15,000 years ago. And more.