Because we are bipeds

I’m the worst kind of scientist, because I’m not one. A little knowledge and all that… When someone is behaving in an irritable way, it is quite reasonable to think of the experience as an emotional one, not as a biochemical crisis (leaving aside whether emotions are just biochemical processes anyway). But we shouldn’t rule […]

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10% human

For every single cell that makes up the human body, there are nine cells of microbes living both on and within our bodies. This rather shocking fact, is revealed by the title of one of the latest additions to our catalogue: “10% Human : How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness”. […]

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The most human human

(Photo credit: The most human human written by Brian Christian, published by Penguin) (Image shows the title of the book and a cartoon picture of a robot) Telling the difference between humans and computers used to be easy. But artificial intelligence is now so advanced that it is capable of behaving, and even thinking, in […]

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The story of astronomy

(Photo credit: Quercus. Image above shows two men in period dress next to a large telescope in front of a large image of a globe) From the ancient origins of astronomy to Dark Matter and Dark Energy, The Story of Astronomy charts the discoveries of some of the greatest minds in human history, and their attempts […]

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Isolation in Thought

Upon the commencement of John George Bartholomew’s tenure as director of John Bartholomew & Co. in 1888, there is a marked tendency towards the cartographic. The riotous miscellany which characterised earlier times was replaced by better and better mapping. However, there are always exceptions to this rule, with the subject of this entry being just […]

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