25.11.09

THE ZODIAC OF PARIS available at Amazon!

THE ZODIAC OF PARIS is now available for pre-order on Amazon!



"This book makes a major contribution to European scientific, intellectual, and cultural history. Buchwald and Josefowicz have wrested from oblivion a subject that no previous author, French or English, has analyzed in this form or breadth. The Zodiac of Paris not only embodies interdisciplinarity at its very best, but also exposes the nineteenth-century roots of many concerns of the twenty-first century." -- Darius A. Spieth, author of Napoleon's Sorcerers: The Sophisians

6.11.09

Sixth Sense

Some fish, notably sharks, have a sense organ, the lateral line system, which picks up weak electrical signals in the water, alerting them to prey that would be otherwise invisible and possibly also helps with navigation. There's some evidence that this "organ" is ontogenetically related to the inner ear in humans.

Thought experiment: Say you're a shark, and a yummy snack is hiding just beneath that little pile of sand across the way. Your lateral line is going haywire, but you don't know from lateral lines because, hey, you're a shark, not an ichthyologist. So how do you feel? Off-balance? Out of whack? Or just hungry?