[lit-ideas] Re: The Philosophy of Air-Conditioning

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 19:19:50 EDT

In a message dated 7/27/2010 6:08:01  P.M., mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx writes:
Forms of life near the equator are  horribly 
predatory: parasitic plants, insects the size of 
terriers,  Dickens as read in Evelyn Waugh novels 
... doesn't that say something about  sunlight? The 
stronger the sunlight the more brutal the life 
forms.  Hmmm.
Repeat after me: The cold is my friend. (Reminder 
to reread Call of  the Wild and White Fang, 
especially the opening chapters of the latter.)  
The cold is my friend.  

It depends on your point of view, I assume.

As Geary notes, some people get more bothersome about heat, some  more 
bothersome about cold. In general, it's the HEAT they complain more about.  
Unless it's the cold. As Geary says, "it depends on your point of view" (of  
things). This Popper calls "Perspectivism".
In general, Equator (the country in South America -- named after the line  
called "Equator") seems very hot, and indeed Darwin was right that the 
animals  in the Galapagos (which belong officially to Equator) are beastly. 
Darwin felt  relaxation studying the "finches" -- he found 46 sub-species of 
common finch  in Galapagos ("the reason for their multiple existence still 
unknown to me", he  comments in his Diary to his sister).
Darwin should have gone to Alaska and study the wild life there. He did  
note that the grouse (a Scots bird) gets white plumage in the winter ("no 
doubt  to exhude the heat waves," he hypothesised).
The first air-conditioner, incidentally, was built in Sweden.
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