Have you ever noticed how fat people tend to feel the cold less than skinny people?
Have you also noticed how it gets colder as your latitude increases?
Are you ready for a long sentence with too many uses of the word 'idea'?
One of the most interesting ideas about new ideas is that there is no such thing as a new idea, the idea being that a new idea is just two old ideas connected in a new way. You get the idea?
In 1847, the…
I'm just back from six days in Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands.
In the foreground of the first picture you can probably make out some indentations in the snow and ice. On first glance these impressions can look like footprints, but they are actually grooves and 'tongues' that have been carved and sculpted by the prevailing local winds.
In the the second photo, you can see that in this case they are giving a reliable indication of west/east.
In the book I explain how these tongues are used by indigenous Arctic people, like the Inuit,…