SOS Life

A man who swallowed a sponge for science and some other cool stuff.



Hey, I want to share cool stuff I’ve learned, read or thought up. I want to hear about the cool stuff you know, too.

Sometimes I do experiments – not with the level of commitment of this guy, Lazzaro Spallanzani – he tied a string to a sponge, swallowed it, let it soak, then pulled it back up his esophagus, squished out the gastric juice and added some bread. It dissolved, and he observed the chemical process of digestion.* I try out stuff I read about on the Internet, like six items or less or Whole30 or intermittent fasting so I may write about that.

I want to share articles, songs, poems, videos… that are incredible, beautiful, insightful, funny. Lots of those to share. Have no fear, dear reader: no Hallmark sunsets will I post, probably not even a TEDdy (although confession… Amy Cuddy etc. etc.). And, for now anyway, head in the sand re: politics… cause… you know.

I am (way too) obsessed with nutrition, teeter tottering up and down between “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” and “eat food, stuff you like, as much as you want.” Plus: Organizing (stuff, life). Some recipes (healthy). Organic stuff. Life in France, my adopted home. Thinking, learning, language, cognitive dissonance. Friendship. Relationships. Gratitude. Sex. The good, the bad and the ugly of personal development. Staying sane. Navigating existential anguish. Sciency things. Weird stuff I come across.

Like this: Spontaneous generation: the idea that living organisms can arise from inanimate matter, ie life just pops up.

Some [animals] spring from parent animals according to their kind, whilst others grow spontaneously and not from kindred stock; and of these instances of spontaneous generation some come from putrefying earth or vegetable matter, as is the case with a number of insects, while others are spontaneously generated in the inside of animals out of the secretions of their several organs.

— Aristotle, History of Animals, Book V, Part 1

That was the science from Aristotle’s time until Lazzaro disproved it in the 18th century (and Pasteur put in the final nail in the theory in the 19th). It’s a bit of a shame that spontaneous generation isn’t still a thing, don’t you think?

My write-in vote of the week goes to Lazzaro Spallanzani, for his dedication – heart, soul and stomach – to science and understanding. Who would you choose? More about Lazzaro here.

Lastly, Spontaneous generation is a really cool name for a band.

*I digress… a lot. My synapses are a tangled web of meandering ideas and confusion. Every once in a while something comes out of the Labyrinth that is pretty cool.

Peace to all.

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