Biophilia and Darwinian Action Adventures

Feb 11th 2004 From The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker In this chapter Pinker is searching for evidence that man’s appreciation of art is innate, and therefore universal across cultures and grounded in the human brain’s prehistoric evolution. ‘A wry demonstration of the universality of basic visual tastes came from …

Microscopes

May 18th 2004 From The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell While examining the details of what makes a piece of communication effective, Gladwell describes a famous piece of scientific analysis. The pioneer of this kind of analysis – of what is called cultural microrhythms – is a man named William Condon. In one of his most …