|the mother (ship) waits for action|
Last night I heard Michael Pollan, my intellectual crush, talking about gut bacteria and promoting his latest book (http://michaelpollan.com/books/cooked/). He vigorously endorsed my filthy lifestyle (lets-talk-dirty-hazards-of-clean-living). That led me to a neglected New Yorker issue--who can keep up?-- and this great article on the sentience of plants: The Intelligent Plant: Scientists debate a new way of understanding flora., where I learned plants are tricky mofos: "Unable to run away, plants deploy a complex molecular vocabulary to signal distress, deter or poison enemies, and recruit animals to perform various services for them. A recent study in Science found that the caffeine produced by many plants may function not only as a defense chemical, as had previously been thought, but in some cases as a psychoactive drug in their nectar. The caffeine encourages bees to remember a particular plant and return to it, making them more faithful and effective pollinators." I love falling down these rabbit holes.
|i am curious where this road goes|
Give it some juice. Find something you're curious about, and follow it. Go as deep as time allows.
I'd love to hear what you learn.
Quote of the day: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” --WB Yeats.
Song of the day: the sexiness of chemistry of love. the dopiness of dopamine.