This essay is a nostalgic tribute to one of the early wonders of the evolving internet from just a decade or so ago that provides an important insight into deep time.
The history of our planet is encoded in the rocks. The chemistry and structure conveys their age and the environment in which they formed. But the language is limited until life adds a complex new alphabet to the rocks in the Cambrian. The fossils of Life dictate the story of the Earth and all life upon it, as it has evolved over more than 500 million years.
This is how Cladistics and the hyperlink combined to provide a deep insight into our place within Earth history in which form and content reach an elegant synergy.
Politixs of Envy
The Capuchin monkey experiment showing an individual content with cucumber until an associate receives grape, shows that a sense of justice is deeply embedded in social animals. Or at least that resentment at getting less than another crosses the species barrier. But that plays out in human affairs in ways that go beyond mere envy.
There are many seductive similarities between the problem of too many calories causing obesity, and too much fossil fuel causing global warming.
There are fundimental differences as well. I am well aware that some of the following comparisons stretch the metaphorical Youngs modulus well beyond the linear range.