September 19, 2009

a new political organism, with paranoia as its animating principle

the "sort of lunatic paranoia-- touched with populism, nativism, racism, and anti-intellectualism" has indeed been on the rise lately: hendrik hertzberg's newyorker commentary.

September 09, 2009

on evolution

ben fry visualizes the evolution of darwin's on the origin of species along its 6 published editions from 1859 to 1872.

historically notable features are not necessarily ancestral as the "survival of the fittest" for example is not introduced until the 5th edition.

many of the evolved additions are responses to critics, and one wonders how such history is best assured with current scientific publishing, where online documents can be revised with loss of history, and printed articles are not addended.