Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Kill alpha male types and achieve world peace? Got it.
"Lost in New York? The streets are numbered!" John Mulaney wishing he were a Def Jam comic when Home Alone 2: Lost in New York came out makes me laugh so much. (The bit starts a minute in. Warning: There’s some language, but it’s mostly bleeped.)
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day.
Christopher Street, Manhattan. March 31. Submitted by PvA, who says:"I bike a lot in the West Village with my 2 yr old. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to move out of the relative safety of the bike lane into traffic with her to avoid cops parked in bike lanes. A few months ago I pointed out how dangerous this was to a cop blocking the bike lane. His response? Get off your bike and walk around on the sidewalk!"Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect….yep.
Epic. Watch this in full-screen, on as big of a screen as you can.
Life has a very broad spectrum of speeds. While we associate plants and even faster creatures such as corals with something still and immobile, particular lifeforms would be hard to even perceive as living objects at all. Kilometers underground, under ocean floor, in ice, and in permafrost metabolic rates of organisms are dramatically slower than on the surface. A simple event such as a cell division can happen over several millennia in those habitats. To our perception such life is literally indistinguishable from rock.
When I first heard about this type of “slow” existence I realized how little separates the part of the universe that we classify as life and inanimate one. My time-lapse inspired imagination started drawing unusual scenarios in which one can start perceiving a bacterium that divides once every 10000 years as alive. At such rates you could see mountains rise, landscapes flow like waves in the ocean, and patterns of night sky change as stars revolve around the center of the galaxy. These intraterrestrial creatures live in an absolutely different universe where our existence is less than a fraction of a moment.
Not surprisingly, this underground fauna unhurriedly thriving under high pressure provokes arguments about how to fit it into our definitions of life. Similarly to viruses that some researches refuse to classify as living objects, deep-earth biosphere might be considered to be frozen in time and non-living. I believe that narrow anthropocentristic perception of time flow puts a lot constrains on our understanding of life. My past involvement in astrobiology taught me that we might not have enough biological knowledge to even consider looking for extraterrestrial life. The speed of life might ultimately be one of the major limiting factors in this endeavor. If slow metabolical processes create enormous challenges for detection, a type of life that operates faster than ours is hard to even imagine, let alone come up with ways of studying it. Perhaps somewhere out there a “fast” creature would perceive us as we perceive “slow” sponges and need time lapses to recognize us as living beings.