From an engineering perspective, the bones of the ankle, in their complex and functional artistry, are very far from “pointless.”
Natural selection reveals itself as not just a metaphor but a mixed one: Nature being dumb but nevertheless capable of discrimination.
Your own body has something like 30 trillion cells in it. That’s 30 trillion large cities’ worth of complexity.
SETI has a new technique to recognize patterns in gobs of data: invent intelligences to search for extraterrestrial intelligence that might be artificial.
This year’s conference, February 17 and 18, will tackle subjects we haven’t explored before, including archaeology, transgenderism, and tech addiction.