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January 2019 i

Trade is not merely about matching niche producers and consumers. It has spawned great movements in culture. And why do so many baby animals take sibling rivalry to deadly lengths?

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December 2018 ii

This time, both sections look at the same thing: gifts. First, the disparity in value on either side of human gifts. Next, the bizarre gifts that animals exchange in nature, and why.

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December 2018 i

This is sort of a part 2 to Memo 6. The first section shows the effects of rapidly spreading global supply chains in terms of human capital. The second picks up the theme of human uniqueness in its last bastion – language.

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November 2018 ii

English has a very large number of words. The first section takes a lighthearted look at some of that verbal stockpile. The second section takes us on a quick tour of this planet, this time favourably comparing it to a fictional one designed, we were led to believe, ‘from scratch’, to awe.

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November 2018 i

The first section connects the origins, uses and senses of a ubiquitous connector – containers, The second section double checks if humans are unique among species in every way they imagine.

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