Loz was talking about fire earlier, and how strange it was that almost all humans feel mesmerized by watching a fire. It got me thinking (although I didn’t have a chance to say anything) – it’s not that surprising at all that we should be almost hypnotized by a fire. Historically fire has been our only weapon against animals and the dark, our only source of heat and light, our only way of cooking what we catch, and the camp fire has been the centre of social life. Humans have a deep-rooted respect for fire; both for it’s usefulness and for it’s danger. It’s hardly surprising that it lulls and soothes us even as it terrifies.