This is a great article about how people interact with the waves around them in unique ways. One of the best parts is the video of Richard Feynman speaking about all those waves!!!
Could a really clever person, Feynman asks, just by looking at the waves on the pool’s surface, imagine those waves rippling backwards and “figure out who jumped in where and when?” In other words, can somebody read a wave’s history?
As Feynman ponders his own question, he falls into a wonderful, deeply felt meditation on waves (hang on, you can it at the bottom of this post), and I thought, wait! I know about people who could ‘read’ waves — who could wind them backwards. They lived in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on islands barely 3 or 4 feet above sea level, and performed miracles of navigation.
Watercolors/gouaches of insects by Herman Henstenburgh (1667–1726)
Entomology or the natural history of Insects
Kirby & Spence London 1818 with hand coloured plates
Plates from A Monograph of the Dibranchiate Cephalopods of the Japanese and Adjacent Waters (Journal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido Imperial University v.20, Supplementary Number, 1928)
'Fireflies' (c.1930) by Japanese artist & printmaker Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
The FDA is considering removing marijuana from its list of the most dangerous and harmful drugs. This could signal a radical shift in the way our government regulates and enforces weed.
It would be huge for marijuana legalization on all levels. Schedule 2 status will mean that weed for research will become more abundant, allowing scientists to finally crack the mysterious therapeutic value of cannabis, giving us evidence of its efficacy through controlled clinical trials rather than anecdotal data from self-prescribers. Another benefit is that state lawmakers will have one less reason to stand against medical marijuana in their states — a change in the federal government’s stance is a signal to the rest of the country.
What is Addiction? [Gabor Maté]