The Curiosity Index (11.10.2018)

It’s been a while? Anyone missed it?

No, you can’t see inside my bible

Chris Green explains why:

If I only ever read it to teach others, I will never catch my breath in wonder what Christ has done for me, and that is fatal.  How can we expect other to experience what we have only heard in the telling?

Guns, Germs and Steel

Why do some societies develop faster than others? Why did China develop faster than the people who used to live in southeast Asia, and thus displace them? Why did West Asia develop faster than sub-Saharan Africa? Why did Southern Europe develop faster than native America, to such an extent that a boatload of Spaniards could defeat an entire civilisation when the two finally met? Why were the Maoris able to conquer Polynesia so quickly, and why were they so quickly displaced when Northern Europeans arrived? Why, out of all the population cores on the planet ten thousand years ago, was the one that emerged in West Asia the one whose farming methods, languages, animal husbandry, weaponry, technology and economic strength spread the furthest?

Good questions and Andrew Wilson has read the book with the answers.

10 Podcast Recommendations

Trevin Wax helps you with some good food for your ears

Pantsdrunk, the Finnish Art of Relaxation

You’ve likely heard of hygge, the Danish word for a special feeling of coziness that’s been productized on Instagram and elsewhere to within an inch of its charming life. The Finns have a slightly different take on the good life called kalsarikännit, which roughly translates to “pantsdrunk” in English. A promotional site from the Finnish government defines it as “the feeling when you are going to get drunk home alone in your underwear — with no intention of going out”.

While over in Sweden things got very, well, Swedish

How to Measure Remaining Sunlight With Your Hands

I love the old tips and tricks that AoM keep alive and this is quite a handy little one to know.

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