On the Nature of Things

"How strange it is to be anything at all.”

Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Airplane Over the Sea.

This collection is about the nature of being anything at all, and the reality that surrounds it.

In this collection:

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Honey-bees are smarter than they should be.

March 29, 2020 by Dorian Minors

Every now and then, the tiniest creatures show glimpses of the highest-orders of cognitive ability. What I mean by that is—there are plenty of animals that do very clever stuff they really shouldn't be able to do, given the way we currently conceptualise cognition. This doesn't just raise questions about how they do it, but also what really makes humans different.

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Alert - IQ scores are meaningless

January 11, 2019 by Dorian Minors

The Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, is commonly considered a representation of your raw intelligence. At least, that’s the folk wisdom. But the folk wisdom is wrong.

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Why do we speak in tongues

February 20, 2015 by Dorian Minors

Why do we speak in tongues? What drives people to speak what seems to be a different language, God or something else? Here we engage with the most convincing psychology behind the phenomenon.

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