5 min read · Mar 12th · “It’s really hard to define what’s special about neurons,” says Tufts molecular biologist Michael Levin. “Almost all cells…
“Evolution,” Levin has said, “really did discover how good the biophysics of electricity is for computing and processing information in non-neural tissues,”
many thousands of cell types that make up the body, our word for trillions of cells cooperating. “It’s really hard to define what’s special about neurons,” he told me. “Almost all cells do the things neurons do, just more slowly.”
~16 min read · Feb 16th · The long read: The troubled times we live in, and the rise of social media, have created an age of endless conflict. Rather than fearing or avoiding disagreement, we need to learn to do it well
1 min read · 2020-10-08 · Humility isn’t: Slow and stupid.Afraid to acknowledge strengths and talents.Passive and weak.Easily manipulated.Satisfied with mediocrity.Disinclined to bring up tough issues.Reluctant to act…
3 min read · 2020-10-05 · Huge swaths of the Amazon have gotten so dry that they may be on the brink of transitioning into an entirely different kind of ecosystem, new research published in Nature Communications warns.