Uncommon Sense

Take for instance the arguments of E. O. Wilson, who is a very distinguished biologist at Harvard University who wrote a book entitled On Human Nature. His expertise is in insects, but he jumps from insects to human beings and he talks about human beings as being “innately aggressive.” I go over his book very carefully and show that even though he says that human beings are innately aggressive at one point in his book, and in another point in his book he indicates that human beings have to be taught to be brutal and to kill. That human beings that behave peacefully in one situation may behave aggressively in another situation. In other words whether we, as human beings, are violent and murderous really depends on the situation we’re in. And, if that is so, then it is not simply an inevitable fact of human nature. It means that aggression is one of our potentialities.

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Give me Fuel, Give me Fire…

For me, projects proceed in fits and spurts – you clear one obstacle and that reveals the next obstacle. But when it’s a creative project the process is a bit different: you clear the obstacles and suddenly, you’ve got what you wanted and there’s clear roadway ahead. Now it’s all up to you.

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Interference

A couple of sheets of 304 stainless steel, perforated, dropped into my mail box this morning. I’m hoping to eventually experiment with bonding it to high carbon steel, but that’s another story. When I unwrapped them, I noticed something weird – I thought maybe I had slipped something in my water without thinking about it, because what I saw reminded me of things I’ve seen while on painkillers or psychoactives.

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