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Blog Archive for the year 02020

How to Be in Time

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 14th, 02020

Slow clocks are growing in popularity, perhaps as a tonic for or revolt against the historical trend of ever-faster timekeeping mechanisms. . . .   Read More

The Deep Sea

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 8th, 02020

As detailed in the exquisite documentary Proteus, the ocean floor was until very recently a repository for the dreams of humankind — the receptacle for our imagination. But when the H.M.S. Challenger expedition surveyed the world’s deep-sea life and brought it back for cataloging by now-legendary illustrator Ernst Haeckel (. . .   Read More

Childhood as a solution to explore–exploit tensions

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 6th, 02020

Big questions abound regarding the protracted childhood of Homo sapiens, but there’s a growing argument that it’s an adaptation to the increased complexity of our social environment and the need to learn longer and harder in order to handle the ever-raising bar of adulthood. (Just look to the explosion . . .   Read More

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 4th, 02020

Archaeologist Stefani Crabtree writes about her work to reconstruct Indigenous food and use networks for the National Park Service. . .   Read More

Predicting the Animals of the Future

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 31st, 02020

Gizmodo asks half a dozen natural historians to speculate on who is going to be doing what jobs on Earth after the people disappear. One of the streams that runs wide and deep through this series of fun thought experiments is how so many niches stay the same through catastrophic changes . . .   Read More

The Digital Librarian as Essential Worker

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 30th, 02020

Michelle Swanson, an Oregon-based educator and educational consultant, has written a blog post on the Internet Archive on the increased importance of digital librarians during the pandemic: With public library buildings closed due to the global pandemic, teachers, students, and lovers of books everywhere have increasingly turned to online resources for access to . . .   Read More

The Unexpected Influence of Cosmic Rays on DNA

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 29th, 02020

Living in a world with multiple spatiotemporal scales, the very small and fast can often drive the future of the very large and slow: Microscopic genetic mutations change macroscopic anatomy. Undetectably small variations in local climate change global weather patterns (the infamous “butterfly effect”). And now, one more . . .   Read More

Discovery in Mexican Cave May Drastically Change the Known Timeline of Humans’ Arrival to the Americas

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 27th, 02020

Human history in the Americas may be twice long as long as previously believed — at least 26,500 years — according to authors of a new study at Mexico’s Chiquihuite cave and other sites throughout Central Mexico. According to the study’s lead author Ciprian Ardelean: “This site alone can’t be considered . . .   Read More

The Comet Neowise as seen from the ISS

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on July 24th, 02020

For everyone who cannot see the Comet Neowise with their own eyes this week — or just wants to see it from a higher perch — this video by artist Seán Doran combines 550 NASA images from the International Space Station into a real-time view of the comet from 250 miles above Earth’. . .   Read More

Six Ways to Think Long-term: A Cognitive Toolkit for Good Ancestors

by Roman Krznaric on July 20th, 02020

Human beings have an astonishing evolutionary gift: agile imaginations that can shift in an instant from thinking on a scale of seconds to a scale of years or even centuries. Our minds constantly dance across multiple time horizons. One moment we can be making a quickfire response . . .   Read More

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