The Tribesman Who Facebook Friended Me

The Tribesman Who Facebook Friended Me

He was a hunter-gatherer from remote Papua New Guinea. And now he was in my feed. How did this happen? An article I wrote for Salon.com …

 

Why There Was Anarchy in the UK

Why There Was Anarchy in the UK

This isn’t a socio-political treatise or a cynical comment on the state of my home nation, it’s a post about the psychology of copying.  Over …

 

The Natural Selection of the Idea of Natural Selection

The Natural Selection of the Idea of Natural Selection

Ideas are like living things.  They operate in the busy cultural wilderness of our communal minds, symbiotic with millions of other Ideas.  They are unconsciously …

 

What Is the “Mind?” A 21st Century Take on Descartes

What Is the “Mind?” A 21st Century Take on Descartes

Several centuries ago, a short, ugly Frenchman, Rene Descartes, proclaimed that the human body and the human mind live in two different worlds – that …

 

What’s the idea?

What’s the idea?

In fact, what are ideas?  That’s the preoccupation of this blog.  Are ideas divine sparks of inspiration?  Are they the accidental by-products of our weird …