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Scurvy and the Terra Incognita

- May 6, 2015 in age of discovery, history of the senses, john locke, micrographia, Philosophy, robert boyle, robert hooke, sailors, Science & Medicine, scurvy, senses, touch

One remarkable symptom of scurvy, that constant bane of the Age of Discovery, was the acute and morbid heightening of the senses. Jonathan Lamb explores how this unusual affect of sailing into unchartered territory echoed a different kind of voyage, one undertaken by the Empiricists through their experiments in enhancing the senses artificially.

A Meditation upon a Broomstick (1711)

- August 26, 2014 in broomstick, jonathan swift, meditations, robert boyle

A classic piece of parody from the great English satirist and author of Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift. The particular butt of Swift's sharp pen in this instance was Robert Boyle and his Occasional Reflections upon Several Subjects, 1665