It’s all in your point of view

This essay by Richard Dawkins is modelled after anti-drug screeds and makes a very good point: “Gerin oil.” Like alcohol and tobacco, “gerin oil” is grandfathered into our culture.

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Great science nerds

Charles Babbage once wrote to Alfred Tennyson in response to his poem “The Vision of Sin”:

“In your otherwise beautiful poem, one verse reads,

Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one is born.

… If this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death. I would suggest:

Every moment dies a man,
Every moment 1 1/16 is born.

Strictly speaking, the actual figure is so long I cannot get it into a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.”

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