A Novel Perspective of World History

I just finished listening to the Audible version of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan. The author gave me much more than simply another world history. He provided a perspective of world history that considers Central Asia at the center rather than the usual focus on Western Europe. This blog mentions some of my insights as a result of reading this book.

Volcanic Developments in Iceland

Many photographers and vloggers are posting some great videos with and without audio to keep us updated about the Geldingadalir eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland. Here are my categorization and review of some of those vlogs that I have been following as I watch processes changing the earth in front of my eyes.

Genetic Modification of Humans will Happen

Jamie Metzl in Hacking Darwin makes the argument that a genetics arms race is in progress, and we must, as individuals, take responsibility for developing an international regulatory program. Such an effort will not be easy to build, but it is essential if we do not want unfettered genetic manipulation of humans and their descendants. Metzl writes that his purpose is to get readers to act, and so I am acting by writing to the US President.