How did H. I. V. Originate?

    H. I. V. is a contentious issue for a variety of reasons. I’m not an epidemiologist or a historian, but it seems like there are many more S. T. D.s or S. T. I.s today than there were for most of human history. This is probably due to disease mutation. However, maybe there were always a lot, and most people just used to die from them without the...

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The Cold Darkness of the Night: Chapter 19

    Chapter 19    Brian and Bill set off on their assignment, ready to do anything to get the information they wanted. They were a long way away from the city. The men discovered this as Brian turned on Bill’s dashboard GPS.    “We’re in the fuckin’ middle of nowhere. The city is two hours away,” the huge killer told his...

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Journey to Africa: Part 1: Tanzania: Roots and Shoots

    My friend, David (who I talked with about math and evolution on previous blogs, links are below.) went on a backpacking trip in Africa recently. This is his story of the experience of other cultures.   Math, Evolution, and the Meaning of Life: A Dialogue: Part 1   Math, Evolution, and the Meaning of Life: A Dialogue: Part 2   Math,...

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The Cold Darkness of the Night: Chapter 18

    Chapter 18    Doctor James Mctiege stepped inside his house. The bespectacled, aging man turned on the light in the entryway, and began slowly putting his dark brown shoulder bag on a nearby chair. He dropped it halfway through the motion, and lurched involuntarily, completely startled.   “Hello, Doctor,” a person James had never seen...

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Intuition Can Save Your Life

    I think that rationality is important. However, I recently learned about the significance of emotion and intuition, and that they are almost inexorably linked with rationality. On their Mixed Mental Arts podcast, Bryan Callen and Hunter Maats helped me understand this by discussing research by scientists like Jonathan Haidt and David Sloan Wilson....

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The Cold Darkness of the Night: Chapter 17

    Chapter 17    Michael felt the cold evening air on his skin. It made him more alive and aware of his senses, but simultaneously half dead because his baby girl had been taken from him. His heightened consciousness emphasized this. As a father, he was cognizant of gut-wrenching agony that circulated through his entire body like poison. But he...

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Journey to Africa: Part 1: Tanzania: Continued

    My friend, David (who I talked with about math and evolution on previous blogs; links are below.) went on a backpacking trip in Africa recently. This is his story of the experience of other cultures.   Math, Evolution, and the Meaning of Life: A Dialogue: Part 1 Math, Evolution, and the Meaning of Life: A Dialogue: Part 2 Math, Evolution, and...

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