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This was an eye-opener: a podcast episode on the vagus nerve, an anatomical feature of the body I was entirely ignorant of, that connects all sorts of parts of the body to the brain without diverting via the spinal column, and in which a lot of our consciousness of ourself is located.
Doing my ironing while listening to a podcast about alone time and loneliness
Science Magazine roundup of 2020—including a sample of the top non-COVID stories of the year.
Pop culture podcast The Incomparable discusses Kenneth Branagh’s film of Henry V. Features Brian Blessed impersonations
Excerpts from the Economist about diversity and immigration (both human and arboreal), featuring the most diverse district in Africa, the Cockneys of Thetford, and California’s eucalyptus trees.
New EC President / Predicting the weather gets better by a day per decade / More bears in Japan now more people love in cities
In Our Time: A Midsummer Night’s Dream