At the turn of the twentieth century, four revolutionary scientific discoveries were made almost simultaneously: the gene, the electron, the quantum and the unconscious. One of the more important, if under-appreciated, developments of modern intellectual history is the way in which, as the decades passed, three of these discoveries brought the sciences together in a process that the American zoologist Edward O Wilson called ‘consilience’.
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Enjoying Susan Owens’s essay on English attitudes to nature in @Lit_Review. Turns out the early moderns were positively repulsed by hills, as described in this poem by Isaak Walton’s fishing chum Charles Cotton.
In this month's Silenced Voices, @lucyjpop shines a light on the tragic case of Shady Habash, a filmmaker who died in an Egyptian prison in May.
One study found that hoarders 'had lesions on the mesial prefrontal cortex of their brains ... Collecting and hoarding, in other words, are the results of brain damage.'
James Delbourgo explores the psychology of minimalists & collectors.