They claimed that it is still possible that the female orgasm has an adaptive function separate from the male orgasm. More research. However, rejecting one model of explanation does not mean that our knowledge on the topic has increased.
They concluded that women, regardless of sexual orientation, have less predictable and more varied experiences of orgasms. Evolutionary theory, socio-biology and brain research need philosophical criticism, and this is exactly what Sloterdijk has given us in his satirical epistolary novel. This is a welcome and much needed contribution, because biological explanations of human actions are presently gaining popularity as if criticism of positivism never existed.
We must strike back! When the critics fail to appreciate the book due to their own ignorance, this tells us a lot about cultural prejudice. Hurst Publishing, London, From what never happened: At the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima-tragedy in there was no commemoration of the victims at the site where it all started, a small mining town in Southern Congo. No one spoke for the thousands who were born and grew up in families of workers in the uranium mines, without arms, legs, heads or other serious bodily defects. No health projects were established to treat those horrible injuries that still haunt the people in the region.
It was also her work with the Hammarskjold book that brought Williams to the Shinkolobwe uranium mines. She will be questioned by high and low, the suspicious as well as the curious. By those who want to forget, and those who want to hide the facts. And another 40 pages display maps, pictures, abbreviations and introduction. But is it possible to maintain tension and suspense and at the same time constantly and minutely documenting every fact and detail?
Williams manages this with brilliance.
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The index section is special and extremely user-friendly for chronological search. And still: The technical does not kill the thrill in the thrilling espionage world. She knows where to look, where the sources are. In recent years she has gained access to archives and interviewed people who provided her with unique insight. British colonial tradition has blocked easy access to facts, archives and documents.
The British Empire was no more human than others, only prettier wrapped and marketed.
Williams knows her way around these obstacles, obviously. Williams digs, triangulates, compares and juxtaposes sources and have ended up with a unique collection of trivialities and heavy stuff that together give life to an important story. She draws simple and everyday situations. But does not fail to give us convincing explanations for what is happening on a higher level, the struggle against Nazism and fascism and the logic of war.
Details from the intelligence- and espionage world. One by one Williams puts life to a broad and multifaceted group of characters. Albert Einstein wrote a letter 2nd August to President Eisenhower and pointed to the strategic imperative of getting control of the uranium mines in the Congo.
The uranium ore here is richer than anywhere else on the planet. While satisfied with a purity of 0. Americans include the British in their team. They allocate huge sums of money to the project and start a breath taking race that leaves tracks across half the planet — an enormously risky project.
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The search for — and extraction of — uranium will have to be carried out in total secret. The shipments take place in secret and must not make the Germans suspicious, let alone interested. The heavy water action at Vemork, Norway, had shown that sabotage was possible in the narrow Telemark valley, so attacks along this route would have to be reckoned with. The agents were chosen from different places and travelled camouflaged as tourists, wildlife photographers, gold hunters, diamond smugglers or oil agents.
A joke those days was that the best way to smuggle uranium was to hide it under a load of narcotics. And agents must be able to speak local languages and master cultural codes, both in local life, in business and in diplomatic circles. Manual workers to the mines had to be recruited, and one had to establish proper shipping routes that did not attract unwanted attention. No one should know the real endpoint for these operations, the Manhattan Project and the creation of the nuclear bomb. Most of the engaged personnel only knew a small part of the long chain leading from the Shinkolobwe mines to the American desert town where the hell-bombs were to be produced.
The thriller novel is about this network of spies and soldiers leading from the Second World War into the Cold War, a journey I will not reveal to the reader here and now. But it is around this secret and dangerous game that Williams draws a canvas of a continent and a world that today seems so long ago. Williams takes us on a tour-de-force in imperialist arrogance and systemic racism and abuse.
In a typical Belgian King Leopold tradition there is corporal punishment, imprisonment and death threats that drive workers into the mines — without decent protection and with minimal mechanical assistance. Williams paints a rich and vibrant image of Africa and links the events to contemporary ones in Europe: The African synagogue in Elisabeth Ville is attacked when Belgium introduces the yellow badge injunction in in Europe.
Anti-Semitism knew no boundaries. Williams leans on other writers who have worked in this field. Eventually, also drinking water from the wells in the area was abandoned — among whites.
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There is a strong undertone of anti-racism in Williams approach. She displays the general contempt for African concerns and interests, and the burden the people of Southern Congo have had to carry for this part of colonialism. By comparison, she mentions that in the area surrounding the landfills from the Congo uranium in the United States today, the Americans have put up an annual 5-million-dollar health project.
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In Congo, the same mining authorities have not even made any effort to investigate the consequences of radiation on the population. But it is there for anyone to see, never the less: the deformed bodies and suffering societies. Newly born babies without heads, hands or legs, deformations and cancer in all shapes and sizes. Equally bad: Coming generations will suffer the consequences through the thousands of poor who still today go searching for something of value in what is left there in the unsecured, toxic and radiating mines.
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But the shadow from the big mushroom cloud rests perhaps heavier over Katanga than anywhere else today. It never happened, nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it was not happening. It did not matter. This must be of interest, she says. Once more she has dug out important parts from our recent history, and convinced us that it cannot be ignored any longer. It does matter. Andreas Johnsen.
Bugs follows Ben Reade and Josh Evans as they tour the world in the tasteful realm of insects.
The background is also political: Insects are constantly referred to as a sustainable alternative to meat, and as something we ought and should consume more of in the future. So, Josh and Ben, who later leaves the project and is replaced by Roberto Flore, sample larvae, termite queens, flies and grasshoppers, locates everyday dishes as well as delicacies, goes hunting in anthills and squeezes honey straight from the hive of African stingless bees.
They start out as disgusted by insect eating, but after a while they gobble up everything in their way, fearless and curious — and, in the process, ask themselves whether insects actually are the sustainable protein source of the future. Because, if insects are introduced into the current food system driven by large companies sporting dollar signs in their eyes — will it remain a sustainable food stuff?
It is a relief to watch a documentary on sustainability which does not insist on having found the solution. The journey is thought provoking to witness. From their enthusiasm and joyful outbreaks when discovering a whole new world of flavours and textures, to their disappointment and shattered illusions once they realise that to most of the players, money is still what matters first and foremost, and the insect arena is as unethical as the rest of the food industry.
In Kenya, they join insect hunters at work. A boy of twelve takes them inside a large construction where a sharp light is supposed to attract grasshoppers. He hunts there between seven pm and seven am. The sharp light hurts their eyes, and they wake the next morning suffering from a serious case of snow blindness. When they arrive at the hospital, they are greeted by a long row of young, blind men — and back in Denmark they conclude that they are unable to uncritically recommend people to eat more insects as long as the current production methods damage people.
They continuously debate this dilemma, and are uncertain whether they can defend elevating insects to a gastronomic delicacy when this would most likely normalise it as a food, and thus increase demand for it. Who would line up to profit from it, and at what human and environmental cost? A learned aversion. But at the same token, the film feels somewhat life-affirming. Something profoundly human takes place in the meeting of the practical knowledge of the indigenous people and the technical finesse of the master chefs.
Hunting for food has formed part of our existence since day one. It is not long since we started going to the shops to purchase imported garden blueberries instead of going for a walk in the woods to pick them ourselves, when the forest is overflowing. I myself grew up partially self-sufficient, eating food from from the garden, the forest and the sea. Following their trip around the world, Josh returns to Europe, or rather The Netherlands. He and Ben are cooking with farmed insects, and whilst squeezing black gunk from some of them and cleaning them out thoroughly with his hands, he talks about their journey.
And when I think about it, that burger was the most unnatural food I ate during that whole trip. The insects never made him ill.