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Where’s the Catch?

Imagine this scene:In a village hut, dimly lit by a diya, members of the household sit in a frightened circle, watching a tantrik muttering mantras and performing strange rituals with a skull perhaps, the thighbone of a sheep, and other items.Sitting among the women is one who has wild staring eyes, untidy hair and a strange expression. She speaks...

Mutual Aid Societies

Everywhere in Nature the small, weak and apparently helpless manage to survive by parasitism -- sponging off hosts who may in their turn protect and help these hangers-on. Worms, ticks, fleas and various kinds of bacteria are common examples. But there are more spectacular cases among fish and other sea creatures.On riverbeds, a species of fresh water clam tosses...

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