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Paper Machines: A...
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"Finished chapter 2: Temporary Indexing

Proof positive that Konrad Gessner was the originator of the idea of the zettelkasten for note taking."
Dec 02, 2021 02:19PM

Braiding Sweetgra...

"Learning the grammar of animacy. What a sea change of perspective!! English speakers have trouble with other' humans' pronouns, wait until they need to pronoun animals and bodies of water." Dec 01, 2021 08:25AM

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Nick Bostrom
“There is more scholarly work on the life-habits of the dung fly than on existential risks [to humanity].”
Nick Bostrom

“The economy of early hominids and that of twenty-first century society have enormous differences, but they do share one important feature: in both of these economies, humans accumulate information in objects. Our world is different from that of early hominids only in the way in which atoms are arranged.”
César Hidalgo

Daniel N. Robinson
“For five years he [Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)] served as personal secretary to, yes, Francis Bacon. In fact, I've noted over a course of years that the job of a secretary can be utterly fulfilling just in case one's boss happens to be Francis Bacon.”
Daniel N. Robinson

Nick Lane
“If all these considerations are correct, then the appearance of eyes really could have ignited the Cambrian explosion. And if that’s the case, then the evolution of the eye must certainly number among the most dramatic and important events in the whole history of life on earth.”
Nick Lane, Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

Nick Lane
“We should not be too quick to dismiss our own [ocular] arrangement. As so often in biology, the situation is more complex.....we have the advantage that our own light-sensitive cells are embedded directly in their support cells (the retinal pigment epithelium) with an excellent blood supply immediately underneath. Such an arrangement supports the continuous turnover of photosensitive pigments. The human retina consumes even more oxygen than the brain, per gram, making it the most energetic organ in the body.”
nick lane, Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

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