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March 18, 2006

Mark Morford's thoughts on Kiwa hirsuta

SF Chronicle writer Mark Morford recently had a wonderful column about Kiwa hirsuta, that just-discoverd weird and wonderful deep-sea crustacean...

photo of crab species Kiwa hirsuta

In it Morford talks about the long march of knowledge...how we are constantly learning, sure, but (more poignantly) also constantly forgetting:

Knowledge, we have to realize, is not fixed in stone. It is transitory and ephemeral and exists only so long as we pump it with meaning. It is merely part of the mad vaporous wheel of existence, an ongoing cycle of discovering and forgetting, of lurching forward and then stumbling back and standing up again and taking everything we think we know and packing it into a little puffy snowball and hurling it at the head of the Future in the hopes that the Future will turn around and unbutton its liquid trench coat and show us something surprising. Or maybe just laugh and return fire. It's pretty much all we can do.

I thought it was a wonderful bit of writing. Check it out.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 18, 2006 06:39 PM

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