Archive for December, 2010

What does an octopus think with?

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

This drawing of the octopus's brain - or the part of it that isn't contained in the arms themselves - is from Mike Lisieski's Cephalove site. The octopus is a creature I often use as an example of something that is apparently quite intelligent and yet very different from ourselves. ...

How we got Rights

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

In a review (“Utopia Lost” Democracy #19, 2011) of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History by Samuel Moyn (Harvard University Press, 2010) Yehudah Mirsky begins by noting that “many claim that these rights have a long ancestry in the history of human thought” and that Moyn’s preliminary historical survey shows ...