EDITION #65 · Friday, 15th February 2019
"Among our close animal relatives, only humans have involved and empathetic fathers. Why did evolution favour the devoted dad?"
Evolutionary anthropologist, Anna Machin, looks concerningly at the concept of fatherhood, and why it has been relatively neglected in society. Machin looks at why it evolved in our species and no other, and the personal and societal benefits of simple interactions such as coaching football, bedtime stories and scaring away the night-time monsters.
A. Machin · The long read
"On the surface, water bottles as totems of consumer aspiration sound absurd: If you have access to water, you can drink it out of so many things that already exist in your home. But...if you can understand why so many people would spend 50 bucks on a water bottle, you can understand a lot about America in 2019".
No-one can argue with staying hydrated, but the success of S'well's water bottles have taken it to another level. Amanda Mull debates consumer choices - do they offer an effective solution to structural problems such as pollution, or is it just a nice way of making you feel like you're making ethical choices?
A. Mull · 5 min read
"If you leave the bag in, then over time the cup of tea itself as a whole gets stronger. And it might appear like the bag is getting weaker but it’s now part of a stronger cup of tea. Whereas, if you take the bag out, the tea’s now quite weak and the bag itself goes directly in the bin."
This quote, by comedian James Acaster, is one of the more popular Brexit metaphors. However, it now seems we're at a stage of more metaphors than solutions. Metaphors are figures of speech, designed to make a comparison between two things that aren't alike but have something in common. Often, they are used to distil concepts and make them easier to understand. Are they working?
J. Tapper · 6 min read
"The farmers have begun to say, 'the red-gold is turning to gray...I tried to grow apples here on this land a decade ago...But they didn’t fruit! This land is meant only for saffron. Without it, it means nothing.”
Saffron fueled Kashmir’s local economy and culture for centuries, but its days might be numbered due to ongoing regional violence, droughts and climate-change. Eater magazine tells the story, with the help of some beautiful photography.
S. Deepak · 4 min read
Disney-Pixar recently created Sparkshorts, a short-film program enabling their creative employees to share their stories. This one is about Purl, a ball of yarn, who undergoes her first day at B.R.O. Capital, attempting to navigate its toxic bro culture. Ever reliable for delivering animated themes for both children and adults, Pixar shows Purl as a hero for anyone who's felt like an outsider in the workplace.
Pixar · 8 min watch
It seems that everyone has either read, or is currently reading a book by Y. Noah Harari - most likely his history of the world, Sapiens. A brilliant and engaging author with a remarkable story, Harari has now turned his attention to the present, with his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, covering everything from war to meditation. If for whatever reason you can't be bothered to read it, most likely due to your awful millennial attention span, here's a very good extract from the book.
Y. Noah Harari · 12 min read
photograph of the week
Despite reports of previous sightings, the rare African black leopard has been photographed by a team of biologists for the first time in over 100 years, proving that they are alive and well.
© Will Burrard-Lucas