I wish I could remember what triggered this post, but I can’t, and it was probably many threads coming together anyway. Partly it was something someone said during one of the Complexity Yarns, partly it has been fermenting in my head as a result of reading through The Dawn of Everything. But the main point […]
I have been thinking a lot about climate change during the COVID-19 times (and so have many many many others). Two things have struck many among us, and have repeatedly been brought up in discussions I have been a part of. The first main theme has been “nature returning”: clearer skies, cleaner waters (or in […]
In this second of three posts on exaptation I am going to continue to build on reporting discussions and ideas that came out of the Durham conference. In the final post I’ll pick up on what I presented (and what I wish I had thought of presenting at the time) on managed serendipity. Probably the […]
The feather original evolved for regulation of temperature, but then evolved for flight. In 1942 a scientist at Raytheon was testing a magnetron, a key component of radar, and noticed that a candy bar melted in his pocket. The next day he experimented with a egg which burst and spattered hot yolk over his face; […]
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