Razib Khan | Palladium | 17th November 2023
Genetic science has transformed our knowledge of human history in ways that we have yet to digest fully. Parts of the newly-revealed historical record are inspiring: We can claim Neanderthals and Denisovans as ancestors. Other parts confirm our worst fears: "Human nature was bloody, brutal, and typified by genocide. This is the legacy we inherit, but it is not the legacy we need to replicate" (4,300 words)
Any time someone achieves success in a way they don't want to admit publicly, they have to come up with an excuse for their abilities. That’s a carrot problem.
Ian Bogost | 15th October 2023
Starbucks pioneered seasonal drinks with Eggnog Latte in 1986 and Peppermint Mocha in 2002. But Pumpkin Spice Latte, launched in 2003, was in a league of its own. People loved fall, they associated fall with pumpkins – and who wanted to eat actual pumpkins? The attribution alone was enough. "The drink was not flavoured with the mere taste of a dessert, but with the fundaments of fall itself" (720 words)