The Riddle of the Human Species – NYTimes.com.
Edward O. Wilson:
So, just what are we? The key to the great riddle lies in the circumstance and process that created our species. The human condition is a product of history, not just the six millenniums of civilization but very much further back, across hundreds of millenniums. The whole of it, biological and cultural evolution, in seamless unity, must be explored for an answer to the mystery. When thus viewed across its entire traverse, the history of humanity also becomes the key to learning how and why our species survived.
Lifting James’ Giant Peach Would Have Required Way More Seagulls Than Roald Dahl Said
Good to know.
In the story, orphaned James seeks refuge with a bunch of anthropomorphized insects inside a huge stone fruit, which is then toted across the Atlantic Ocean by a flock of seagulls. Dahl said it would take 501 birds to do the job: “I shall simply go on hooking them up to the stem until we have enough to lift us. They’ll be bound to lift us in the end,” James explains. In fact, 2,425,907 seagulls would actually be needed, according to the students’ research paper.