Even if life itself is common in the universe, linguistic, symbol-using creatures like ourselves may be quite rare indeed. Could we be the only thinking creatures in the cosmos?
What’s wrong with this picture? Photo © Madagasikara Voakajy It’s a boy in Madagascar. His face is blurred to preserve anonymity, and he’s carrying a freshly killed indri lemur, a source of bushmeat.
Laughter is like dope: addictive and inebriating. People use laughs as social lubricant, the way we drink alcohol to ease tension and loosen up. But this laughter high may be more than a metaphor, a