I’ve been reading about the history of glasses today, and I came across the most interesting article on the use of bifocals in the animal world.
It’s kind of surprising to me that eyeglasses are nearly 800 years old in the West. Invented sometime in the 13th century, they’ve become a necessary part of life for many of us in the computer age. Interestingly enough, before their invention, the use of reading stones was fairly common in the Middle Ages (I guess before these came along you just squinted). Not much happened between the invention of glasses aside from significant improvements in optics and changes in style until Benjamin Franklin came along.
I don’t believe I mentioned it here, but I have been running a book club on a private Discord server for the last several months with a bunch of interesting people. Over the past three months we’ve read EO Wilson’s Sociobiology, Robert Triver’s Natural Selection and Social Theory, and most recently Peter Turchin’s Ages of Discord.
Over the weekend, a number of biological anthropologists took a critical lens to some of my articles and blogposts. One of them found a pretty important mistake, but I figure this might be a good time to talk about some thoughts I’ve had regarding bonobos and human evolution. Continue reading “Comments on the Bonobo”
Hey all, I’m just going to do a bit of a promotion for a friend of mine (@Locus_of_Ctrl on Twitter) who has recently started his own blog on mathematical biology. So far he has two posts, and they are packed with information. The delightful thing for me is that they’re packed with information on different mathematical problems. Locus introduces you to the history and theory of the problem, then walks you through the math. For dumb-dumbs like me who generally need a whole day to process even just one of these papers, it’s a huge relief to have someone tell you what each step means. I definitely encourage you to check it out. Continue reading “A Blog Worth Checking Out”