I was a hardened kayak builder.

–George Dyson, framing an allegory of the Aleuts and the Tlingit in the North Pacific: kayak-builders who collect every available bit to build the lightest possible vessel; and dugout canoe-makers, who start with a solid bough and carve away the excess to yield a light and sturdy canoe. Edge: How is the Internet changing the way YOU think?

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