Evolving to Valhalla

How I wish that cells’ ancestors were not, now, being named after Norse gods. The whole of Norse mythology is dark, superstitious mumbo-jumbo. Giving names of non-existent quasi-humans to hypothetical organisms inferred from metagenomes is an obstacle to thought, and an open invitation to anthropocentricity. The usually admirable Ed Yong in The Atlantic, 11th January… Continue reading Evolving to Valhalla

Politics and the English Language

The essay focuses on political language, which, according to Orwell, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Orwell believed that the language used was necessarily vague or meaningless because it was intended to hide the truth rather than express it. Wikipedia contributors.… Continue reading Politics and the English Language