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Their First Hammer

The problem with only giving students hammers is that the world contains more skulls than nails.

The Fatal Genetic Condition called Mortality

Rereading Steven Pinker’s recent essay on the Personal Genomic Project — and genetics more generally –, I was particularly struck by this line: All of us already live with the knowledge that we have the fatal genetic condition called mortality, and most of us cope using some combination of denial, resignation and religion.