In the case of any person whose judgment is really deserving of confidence, how has it become so? Because he has kept his mind open to criticism of his opinions and conduct. Because it has been his practice to listen to all that could be said against him; to profit by as much of it as was just, and expound to himself, and upon occasion to others, the fallacy of what was fallacious. John Stuart Mill
"When I get new evidence I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes
- It’s Cold Outside + Teaching Cartoon
- How Fire Is Made
- What Remains
- Nelson Mandela
- Teaching Cartoon: Two On ‘Timing’ & a Tale
- THE VOID (trailer)
- Humberto Maturana & Heinz von Foerster: Meta-Science, Reflection
- Visual Experiment: On the Trail (ARK)
- Teaching Cartoons: Instrumentality 1 & 2
- Mandorla: Trailer
- A Hidden ‘Meta’
- Who Are Your Luminaries?
- Everyone is going one place or the other, ‘cept corporations
- Kippie’s Ekaya
- Free Play Softball League: Ludic Aspirations & the Blue Men Group
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- If, during the long course of ages and under varying conditions of life, organic beings vary at all in the several parts of their organization, and I think this cannot be disputed; if there be, owing to the high geometric powers of increase of each species, at some age, season or year, a severe struggle for life, and this certainly cannot be disputed; then, considering the infinite complexity of the relations of all organic beings to each other and to their conditions of existence, causing an infinite variety in structure, constitution, and habits, to be advantageous to them, I think it would be a most extraordinary fact if no variation ever had occurred useful to each being’s own welfare, in the same way as so many variations have occurred useful to man. But if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being preserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offspring similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection. [Charles Darwin (1859) On the Origin of Species]
- “It is essential to such a government, that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.” James Madison
- All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it. -Benjamin Franklin
Thinking Outside the Agora
- A brand new best friend is worth a little blood December 19, 2013So what if you need to siphon out a bit of your precious blood to make your winged buddy come to life? You can always make more, right? And look at how cute and friendly that little guy is!Read more...
- Here is your first look at the atomic structure of the HIV capsid December 19, 2013Today's comment of the day comes to us from commenter Ryan M, who responded to our call for the most incredible images of 2013 with a nominee from something that he's been working on: The first look at the atomic structure of the HIV capsid. Read more...
- Virgin Birth: NOT SO RARE, AFTER ALL December 19, 2013Nearly 1 percent of young women who became pregnant in a recent U.S. study claimed to have done so as virgins, according to findings published in the Christmas edition of the British Medial Journal.Read more...
- I am obsessed with these science fiction postage stamps December 18, 2013The art on all these stamps is so bizarro world fantastic that I'm considering becoming a philatelist.Read more...
- How many clues to Matt Smith's doom does this Doctor Who trailer hide? December 18, 2013This is the first trailer for Doctor Who's Christmas special to give away serious plot information. So be warned: watching this "extended trailer" might make the wait until Christmas that much more agonizing.Read more... […]
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- Print Your Own D*mn Presents: Minifig Madness! December 18, 2013
- inForm: An Ephemeral Construction Machine December 18, 2013
- I [heart] The Art of Tinkering December 18, 2013
- Can’t Find the Right Music Controller? Don’t get Mad, get Livid! December 18, 2013
- MAKE’s 3D Printing Book for Kids: LEO the Maker Prince December 18, 2013