3. It's not that there is one vast bubble, it's that there are some mini bubbles in ... less than worldchanging areas.
"Restaurants and food-related businesses aren’t prototypical venture capital investments, but VCs are showing a strong appetite. Since April last year, at least 15 companies that home-deliver restaurant meals have been funded... according to Dow Jones VentureSource."
4. How a neurologist's collection of photographs of mental patients shaped Darwin's thinking.
"Crichton-Browne’s photographs, all half-length portraits, attempted to capture the afflictions of his patients; to record the facial expressions of all sorts of manias for the purposes of scientific observation and diagnosis. The results were a strange kind of family album: a group of now-anonymous patients committed to Crichton-Browne’s care stares blankly into the camera’s lens; their expressions are fixed, their faces twisted into a record of their extreme emotional afflictions. Darwin’s meditations on the photographs—guided by Crichton-Browne’s own observations—had a profound impact on the naturalist’s thinking about the physical manifestations of natural selection. The two men exchanged letters for nearly six years, trading books and photographs and sharing observations on the anatomy of blushing, the physiology of expression, and the mechanics of hair bristling. Most importantly, the men shared an almost zealous faith in photography’s ability to correct the imperfect observations made by the human eye."
5. It is probably impossible to prepare for a nuclear war, but countries (in this case, India) keep trying.
"We may then have to turn to the offices of the J&K Police Civil Defence and State Disaster Response. In 2013, during border-hostilities that led to the decapitation of an Indian jawan (the violation raised by Gadkari on Saturday), the agency placed an ad in the daily Greater Kashmir, advising residents to prepare for a possible nuclear blast. (Odd, since both countries claim Kashmir intact.) 'People should construct basements where the whole family can stay for a fortnight,' read the advisory, which might have been composed by an officer on secondment from the tourism department. It further suggested keeping stores of canned food and bottled water, to help radiation-refugees stay below ground as long as possible. Last, it warned them to expect, after the blast, 'some initial disorientation, as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features.'"
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