Sapienship’s Wordbook casts new light on big words like Climate change, CRISPR and artificial intelligence.
Just for fun, we’ve also thrown our Devil’s Dictionary: satirical definitions of the same words, to delight the devious devil on everyone’s shoulder.
Agriculture is the only correct answer to the question: “if you could go back in time to 11,000 years ago, what would you tell people to never invent?”
A set of rules designed to help computers individually convince Homo sapiens to purchase products they absolutely need to have right now.
A geological record of human achievement, composed primarily of plastics and radioactive particles.
A concept Homo sapiens were not intelligent enough to stop in time
A clever trick pulled by money to fool humans into making more of it.
The only constant in the universe. It is constantly ignored.
A method for relieving the boredom of wandering wherever you like and doing whatever you want by living in cramped conditions, doing the same things every day.
A story told by people who, for some reason, hate dying from water shortages and hot temperatures.
The lack of concern expressed by a frog in a pot of slowly boiling water.
A pesky little thing that keeps humans up at night thinking thoughts like: Who am I? Who is the I asking this question? Wait, who’s asking who is the I asking this question? Who’s there? Hello?
A gene-editing technology that makes power and beauty a part of wealthy people’s DNA.
A 21st century answer to the age-old philosophical question: “what is the universe made of”.
Food that humans improved because nature didn’t know what it was doing
An endangered species of government. Life expectancy in the wild: 100 years.
The only story everybody believes in.
A feeling of love a plant has for its pot.
A type of hominid which invented art, clothing, music, jewellery, and religion, but wasn’t good enough at killing other hominid species to survive.
A way to keep your nation safe by threatening the existence of the entire planet.
An agreement between Sapiens about the things they can’t see.
A great ape with an extraordinary ability to invent stories about how to ruin the world
A much catchier term than “we have no idea what’s going to happen and at this point we’re too afraid to ask”.
A place people go to find strangers to hate.
Modifying a planet’s conditions to be similar to the environment of Earth, so humans can destroy that planet as well.
A feeling of hatred a plant has towards another plant in a neighboring pot.
1. A group dynamic observed in both ants and humans, in which humans show as little humanity as ants.
2. A self-destructive method for resolving any kind of dispute.