The Goodness Paradox

Richard W. Wrangham | Harvard Museums of Science & Culture…Lescarbot was only one of many who were impressed by the internal peacefulness of small-scale societies. By the end of the seventeenth century, according to Gilbert Chinard, “hundreds of voyagers had noted in passing the goodness of primitive peoples.” Their “goodness,” however, was applied only to people of the same society.  In 1929, the anthropologist Maurice Davie summarized a consensus understanding that remains true today: people were as good to members of their own society as they were harsh to others.

Continuar leyendo «The Goodness Paradox»

No era aún una Pandemia, pero siempre fue el Estado, estúpido

El Estado es nuestro Pastor, nada nos falta. Y si uno titubea, qué mejor que una buena Pandemia de importación para reafirmar nuestra Fe en nuestra sabia, responsable y, al parecer, indispensable Sanidad del Estado. Ja, mis cojones. El Rey estaba desnudo.

Continuar leyendo «No era aún una Pandemia, pero siempre fue el Estado, estúpido»

The Alleged Scarcity of Scientific Research

The myth has arisen that government research is made necessary by our technological age, because only planned, directed, large-scale “team” research can produce important inventions or develop them properly. The day of the individual or small-scale inventor is supposedly over and done with. And the strong inference is that government, as potentially the “largest-scale” operator, must play a leading role in even non-military scientific research.

Continuar leyendo «The Alleged Scarcity of Scientific Research»