Once upon a time, in a small tribe on the island of Nonbobo, a young woman named Nuzi started dividing her tribesmates into two categories, Eens and Oons. “Eens,” she said, “are those who prefer eating fish to eating meat, whereas Oons prefer eating meat to eating fish.”
Her category system caught on, and soon her friends were all calling themselves Eens a...(more)
“The ego is the enemy of the imagination…” — David Milch.
When it’s not sticking out a foot and tripping me, so that I fall flat on my face, ego often stands my way. She cons me into the belief that she’s working in my best interests while, in reality, stopping me from attaining them.
This has been most obvious in my career as a theatre director. When I was...(more)
The problem is, to the extent we define "intelligence" at all, it's in human terms. In fact, there's no agreed-upon definition, even by experts, but if we pick one like "ability to score highly on IQ tests," it will be biased towards humans, because humans make those tests to score other humans.
There is almost certainly no species on Earth that is smarte...(more)