Commented on The permanent revolution
That post-enlightenment ideas about democracy, republicanism, equality of opportunity irrespective of birthright are a very recent fad in the course of human history I accept. But the Divine Right of Kings, a rigid class hierarchy headed by a landed aristocracy...
Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
Tool use -- in particular knives or other cutting tools, and fire -- seems to have been essential to evolution of intelligence in hominids. Basically because knife+fire forms the essence of a kitchen, and cookery as a form of external...
Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
Maybe not in 2013, but soon: H5N1 flu finally crosses the species boundary, probably in a rural part of Africa or S.E. Asia, but spreading rapidly to nearby population centers and within weeks to all continents (even Antarctica). Global Flu...
Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
There's one huge difference between the early Christian church and the putative early Osamanians. Back in the 1st century AD, they didn't have TV or film or Internet. They didn't even have printing presses. And although Jesus' life and teachings...