Risk reduction is every serious gambler’s avocation. The gambler is not there to take part. The gambler isn’t there to win. The gambler is there to find an edge: to game the table.
photo of Marina Abramovic by Bennett Raglin/WireImage/Getty
By removing the tedium of waiting, we have turned ourselves into sensation junkies
University at Albany Libraries’ M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
Eugenics fails because it looks for genetic solutions to what are essentially cultural problems. The anarchist biologist Peter Kropotkin made this point as far back as 1912. Who were unfit, he asked the first international eugenics congress in London: workers or monied idlers? Those who produced degenerates in slums or those who produced degenerates in palaces?
Karen Kramer: The eye that articulates belongs on land
The Fukushima power plant offered us “a false promise of dominion” apparently – a formulation I’m sure to recall next time I turn on a kettle for a cuppa – before Nature Wrought Her Terrible Judgement.
Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/SPL
If you stood at arm’s length from someone and each of you had 1 per cent more electrons than protons, the force pushing the two of you apart would be enough to lift a “weight” equal to that of the entire Earth.
The sculpture is both a salute to the gallery’s reopening after a two-year renovation, and an evocation of how, even when we try to tread lightly over Earth, we can’t resist a spot of weird tinkering.
What made the rickshaw so different from a wagon or an ox-cart and, in the eyes of many Westerners, so cruel, was the idea of it being pulled by a man instead of a farm animal. Pushing wheelchairs and baby carriages posed no problem, but pulling turned a man into a beast.
“If such advanced beings meant us harm, they would have harmed us by now. She’s much more worried that we would harm peaceable aliens by making mistakes”
Interviewing filmmaker Michael Madsen about his new documentary The Visit.
The novelist Norman Mailer considered the US space program “the deepest of nihilistic acts – because we don’t know why we did it”. The Russians always knew. They wanted to plant gardens.
Climate change is no longer a purely scientific problem: it is a political and social truth we must handle as best we can. And we aren’t handling it. We can’t handle it. We haven’t got a clue.
For New Scientist, 11 December 2015