Carl Sagan – Contact

Although I had seen the movie several times, it took me unjustifiably long to get to reading the book. I enjoyed the movie and especially in this case one could expect that the Hollywood machine would only ruin the original and that the book as always would be much better. Which indeed was so. Carl […]

Where’s Your Mushroom Plot? 

The autumn is almost perfect here in Budapest and so it is easy for me to forget the few pleasures of the cold, gray and rainy Estonian autumn. But this article definitely captures one of them. Exploring known and unknown forests, hunting for mushroom to later cook them or preserve them — that is a damn […]

Mainstreaming psychopathy

Although the idea that psychopathy is a black and white kind of a mental disorder will probably not go away anywhere, there has been quite a bit of chatter on the Internet recently about a different kind of a perspective on this topic. About the fact that it is not a condition, but a spectrum, […]

Asimov’s Universe

A while ago I finished a late night project that had been ongoing for about half a year – reading all the 15 books in Isaac Asimov’s so-called Foundation Universe. This includes his collections of robot short stories, the four robot novels, the three empire novels and the seven foundation novels. All the 15 books […]

Puzzles of Sleep

One thing that all animals do is sleep, yet there is still no clear idea of why we do it and why it is so necessary. Many of the possible explanations that I have heard before have had something to do with memory formation or something similar to that. Thus, it was quite interesting to […]

The Law of Urination

The scope of scientific inquiry sometimes leaves you amazed. We can study the origins of the universe, what makes matter and energy, how our brains function to give rise to our consciousness… and how mammals pee. And this is quite distant from how far you can go. The top of the WTF list for me […]