Have you ever wondered why you can't by Sudafed at the chemist without a hassle? Sudafed and related medications contain a drug called pseudoephedrine which helps dry up your filthy snotty nose. Useful, but heavily restricted by the Australian government. Why? Because Pseudoephedrine can be used to manufacture methamphetamine, although I don't believe this… Continue reading Meth fail
I think the Paleo crowd are right about nutrition, but accidentally. I'm a pragmatic person - if something works well, I'm not too fussed by the ideology behind it, and trying to justify things that work in terms of ideology tends to go badly. I've always thought the anthropological argument for paleo was a bit… Continue reading Paleopragmatism
Napoleon has had so many words written about him that he has become a byword for virtually anything you care to name. That has the added benefit of making him an exemplar of various moral lessons, which is useful from a human nature storytime point of view. 1. He didn’t know when to stop.… Continue reading Napoleon the moral exemplar
I think that one of the main reasons the world is losing the plot about Bowie's death is that he was a massive weirdo, right up to the bitter end. Same with Lemmy, but substitute catastrophic quantities of substances for space-alien oddness. Both of these men lived their stage personas until they died. Compare that to… Continue reading Obligatory Bowie post
we're now faced with the problem that 100 millennia worth of behaviour is now maladaptive.
I guess I’m just one of those people who thinks on paper (or on electrons) and once written it seems silly not to post it somewhere public.