Every one knew how laborious the usual Method is of attaining to Arts and Sciences; whereas by his Contrivance, the most ignorant Person at a reasonable Charge, and with a little bodily Labour, may write Books in Philosophy, Poetry, Politicks, Law, Mathematicks and Theology, without the least Assistance from Genius or Study.

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Rat Brains

Posted on Saturday 6 November 2004

It takes a certain rat-like mind, I think, to bomb a city. It's all that sense of aloofness from the hellish reality on the ground that enables an elite pilot to describe the devastation they create in terms such as "surgical" or "clinical". Just drop that payload and go home.

It's a mindset that just chills me to the bone.

Anyway, it seems that technological evolution has a way of bringing things to their natural conclusion: rat brains grown on electrodes for flying fighter planes.

Thanks, Drew.