Monday, August 25, 2014

How many hedgehogs does it take to change a lightbulb?

This spot for the Mind & Matter column of the Wall Street Journal was in last weekend's edition:

The column focused on an old Greek adage, about why hedgehogs and foxes think differently. "Hedgehogs have a single grand idea that they apply to everything, while foxes come up with a new idea for every situation." It basically boils down to how the babies grow up. Foxes spend more time in childhood, where their parents even bring home live prey for them to play with. In contrast, hedgehogs grow up twice as fast, and receive much less attention from their parents, especially the father, who's gone after mating.

One of my sketches focused on the fact that hedgehogs grow up so much faster and don't have time to develop the way foxes do, rolling up into a stopwatch. You can read it here. Thank you to the always great Keith!

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