Before you head out to join your local “TEA Party”, (or not) take a few moments and read a first-hand account from someone who took part in the real Boston Tea Party. Fascinating stuff:
The next morning, after we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of its being saved for use, a number of small boats were manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable.
Everyone has heard that memories can be unreliable, but many of us don’t appreciate the extent to which that is true. It’s not the case that “real” memories are stored once and for all deep in the darkest recesses of the brain, and it’s just a matter of digging them up. False memories — conjured from any number of sources, from gradual embellishment to direct suggestion by others — seem precisely as vivid and real to us as accurate memories do. For a good reason: the brain uses the same tools to construct the memory from the available raw materials.
I’ll be talking about how Darwin showed how the same forces that shape human nature can be observed throughout nature.
I didn’t know it already, but there’s a name for people like me- the legal left. I did know that I was cooling toward Mr. Meet The New Boss, though.
It’s Tax Day, and if I was anywhere near Bristol, I’d go see Elvis.