• Universal Mathematics: All Life on Earth Is Bound by One Spooky Algorithm | Geoffrey West
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    Universal Mathematics: All Life on Earth Is Bound by One Spooky Algorithm | Geoffrey West

    So I think it’s one of the more remarkable properties of life actually, but just taking mammals: that the largest mammal, the whale, is—in terms of measurable quantities of its physiology and its life history—is actually a scaled up version of the smallest mammal which is actually the shrew, but a mouse is very close to that. And everything in between, that they are scaled version of one another and in a systematic predictable way to sort of 80 percent or 90 percent level. So the kinds of things that you might measure might be as mundane as the length of the aorta, which is the first tube coming out…

  • The Fight to Turn Lake Erie Into a Person | The Daily Show
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    The Fight to Turn Lake Erie Into a Person | The Daily Show

    Right now I’m standing on top of Lake Erie. Well, I’m actually on a boat that’s on La- you know how that works. Recently the residents of Toledo, Ohio voted to make Lake Erie a person. What does that even mean? All right, can we go back? I think I’m gonna puke. Local activist Markie Miller is one of the human people responsible for getting the Lake Erie personhood initiative passed. Our premise was to change the notion that nature is merely property, and that if you own the permit, that you get to destroy it, to harm it. So by giving Lake Erie its own set of rights, we…

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    Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?

    Many, many, many, many more hundreds of eggs are fertilized than become humans. Eggs get fertilized and by that I mean sperm get accepted by ova a lot. But that’s not all you need. You have to attach to the uterine wall, the inside of a womb, a woman’s womb. But if you’re going to hold that as a standard, that is to say if you’re going to say when an egg is fertilized it’s therefore has the same rights as an individual, then whom are you going to sue? Whom are you going to imprison? Every woman who’s had a fertilized egg pass through her? Every guy who’s sperm…