James Altucher’s Poop Lament

James Altucher

Not the most poetic, but it captures the problem well. As James suggests, maybe Google can come up with an answer…



The Rights of Animals

Brigid Brophy

Brigid Brophy in 1965, from her daughter, Kate Levey’s Twitter account

What follows is a copy of Brigid Brophy’s article, The Rights of Animals, which appeared in the The Sunday Times of October 1965.

I’m reproducing her article not because it contains a full and consistent expression of animal rights—for instance, Brigid says she’s vegetarian (she became vegan years later). But it still makes strong points and was an influential 20th century expression, which inspired the creation of the book Animals, Men and Morals.


Second Hand Flesh Fumes

Think you’re eliminating the health risks of animal flesh by not eating it?

That’s not necessarily the case.

If you live with people that fry or grill flesh, or outside a restaurant, particularly Chinese, you might be taking in fumes that increase your risk of cancer.

Similar thing applies if you’re pregnant and your partner cooks flesh while you’re around: you may be putting your child at risk of things such as lower birth weight or smaller head size.

Young kids also risk cognitive impairment as a result of taking in flesh fumes.


Magpies may have your number


An article on magpie nesting season, referring to Professor Gisela Kaplan:

“The trouble begins… when magpies nest in public areas according to Kaplan, and is exacerbated by the fact that if someone does mistreat, or intentionally tries to harm a magpie, the territorial birds are able to remember the faces, and characteristics of that person years later, and will attack on sight.”

Click the image to read the full article.

The basis of knowledge

“An axiomatic concept is the identification of a primary fact of reality, which cannot be analysed i.e. broken down into component parts. It is implicit in all facts and all knowledge. It is the fundamentally given and directly perceived or experienced, which requires no proof or explanation, but on which all proofs and explanations rest.”

Click here to read chapter 6 of Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.