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"People who live in a golden age go around complaining how yellow everything looks"
— Randall Jarrell

Players With More Time

The greatest players in sport always have time. Zinedine Zidane, Roger Federer, Barry John: They make their own time. “Having time is about moving fast, and yet also about slowing the drama to a manageable pace. Sometimes it is simply about moving faster so as to be in position earlier. Pelé had time, to an eerie degree”. Great captains make time for everyone: “Captaincy is the art of slowing time — or not allowing it to speed up” (930 words)

The Cunning Minds Of Fish

Close study shows fish to be much cleverer than previously imagined. They appear to co-operate, cheat, console, punish — overturning long-standing assumptions that intelligent social behaviours are limited to primates because only primates have big enough brains. If fish can master them, then clearly the “extra computing power of big brains” is not essential; complex social skills can be mastered by simple association (2,500 words)

Layers Of Reality

Discursive conversation. Carroll, a theoretical cosmologist, talks accessibly about the laws of nature and the limits of knowledge. “What causes what in the natural world? When you open up a book on quantum field theory or particle physics, words like ’cause’ and ‘effect’ appear nowhere in the book. The idea that A precedes B and therefore A causes B is a feature of our big macroscopic world. It’s not a feature of particle physics” (6,000 words)

Hive Consciousness

Scientists are learning to connect brains so that a stimulus to one is felt in the other. Will we eventually be able to share consciousness? Hard to say, since we have no theory of consciousness. But for how it might work, think of the human brain. The brain has two halves that can function independently, but they sum to a single consciousness, a single person; perhaps connected minds will also generate a single person (3,800 words)

Nigeria: Big Bad Oil

Nigeria’s national oil company is so corrupted and mismanaged that the country ends up importing most of its fuel — despite being Africa’s leading oil producer. The crude is stolen from the pipelines; refineries are “barely functioning”; revenues are “siphoned off”. What ought to be an oil giant is really “just a slush fund”. It needs to be sold off or broken up or both. But wait — the man who invented it has just been elected president (2,170 words)

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