On The Function of Music


“The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.”

– Thomas Beecham

On Imagination


“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is.”

– Oscar Wilde

Handy Mutations


Added dexterity

Our hands are unusually dextrous, allowing us to make beautiful stone tools and write words. That might be partly down to a bit of DNA called HACNS1, which has evolved rapidly since our ancestors split from the ancestors of chimps. We don’t know what HACNS1 does, but it is active in our arms and hands as they develop.

See other: What Makes Humans Human?

On Curiosity


“The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.”

– Anatole France

On Hidden Truths


“When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.”

– George Bernard Shaw