Superior to the tiger

…the Galapagos turtle might need to evolve for a very long time without competition from the Bengal tiger before it possibly arrived at a fitness that was greater than that of the Bengal tiger. Without partitioning of the solutions the tiger might kill off all the early turtles before they had a chance to become superior to the tiger. If the turtle evolves for some time on an island devoid of tigers, however, the outcome could be different…

Superior to the tiger

This is a voicemail I left for Amy.

She liked it and saved it and eventually transcribed it and sent it back to me:

amy it’s your brother, kind of a cool thing: just because of how your name falls in the alphabet, you’re the first person in my little phone list in my phone, but that’s not why i called you. i called you to tell you something about genius, which also applies to coolness and royalty. these are all things which are not bestowed upon you either by genetics or by the opinions of others or any other way, they are things which are claimed. no one makes you a king except the fact that you decided you were a king. it’s the same thing with coolness, and i think coolness is the arena in which it is easiest to see. people who are cool, that is not something that is bestowed upon them or agreed upon by other people. it’s something that they claim for themselves, and then other people decide to go along with that idea. and i believe that it’s the same thing with royalty and leadership, and political power, and also genius. it is something that you claim. and i think that that’s something that, in my opinion, is a clear kind of continuity between various people that we now look upon historically as geniuses, is that they claimed that for themselves, that they decided that they were going to do something unequivocal. and there’s a commonality among all creative and scientific geniuses, that they wanted to do something that no one else had done. they wanted to become that person that was totally different and totally beyond anything that anyone had ever been and it is that desire that makes them a genius or a royal person or a cool person, you know? um, so…it’s just one thought about that stuff.”

This is a voicemail I left for Amy.

Addition

“‘Can you do Addition?’ the White Queen asked. ‘What’s one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?’
‘I don’t know,’ said Alice. ‘I lost count.’
‘She can’t do Addition,’ the Red Queen interrupted.”

—Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

Addition