Isn’t it strange that the animal we used to be developed into the creature
that we now are? How – and why – did human intelligence and culture
evolve? How did we evolve minds, philosophies and technologies? And now that
we have them, where are they taking us?
The orthodox answer to these questions looks inside our brains to see
what they are made of and how the various components operate.
Katherine Radford stretched her arms wearily above her head as she spoke. There had been five days of
persistent snowfall; but this morning the clouds had broken, showing strips and patches of blue sky, and there
was bright sunshine flooding the world again, with hard and sparkling frost.
"Why don't you go?" demanded Phil, who was the youngest. "Miles and me don't mind having a holiday at
"Speak for yourself if you like," growled Miles, who was thirteen; "but I want to get this schooling business
over and done with, so that I can start doing something useful.
PROLOGUE THE DOOR TO DR. HANNIBAL LECTER'S memory palace is in the darkness at the center of his mind and it has a latch that can be found by touch alone. This curious portal opens on immense and well-lit spaces, early baroque, and corridors and chambers rivaling in number those of the Topkapi Museum. Everywhere there are exhibits, well-spaced and lighted, each keyed to memories that lead to other memories in geometric progression. Spaces devoted to Hannibal Lecter's earliest years differ from the other archives in being incomplete.
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ He didn’t say any more but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me...
Interfacial systems are frequently encountered in a large variety of phenomena in biology and industry. A few examples that come to mind are adsorption, catalysis, corrosion, flotation, osmosis, and colloidal stability. In particular, surface films are very interesting from a cognitive point of view. Surface science has a long history. For many years, natural philosophers were curious about interfacial phenomena because it was quite clear that matter near surface differs in its properties from the same matter in bulk...