Cellphones are so ubiquitous now that we don’t consider them so much an external device as we do an extension of ourselves. Take a moment to reminisce in our digital appendage’s incredibly clunky origins and evolution.
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This exchange is the stuff of scientific and cultural legend. When Neil DeGrasse Tyson accepted Sagan’s invitation and spent a Saturday touring Cornell University labs with the famed astrophysicist, his life was irrevocably changed.
A 17 year old when he met Sagan for the first time at Cornell University, Tyson later described the encounter in this way:
“At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said, “If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.”
In January 2014, Alex Honnold made the potentially fatal decision to scale Mexico’s El Sendero Luminoso (the Shining Path) without any rope. In other words, if Honnold fell while ascending 2,500 feet above the ground, he would die. Watch The North Face’s incredible footage of Honnold’s dangerous, mind boggling feat.
1. Michael Shermer: The Pattern Behind Self-Deception
As enlightening as it is consequential, Skeptic Magazine’s Michael Shermer shows us how evolution made us into superstitious animals, and how that one evolutionary turn both rendered us the Earth’s keepers and slaves to delusion.
2. Elizabeth Gilbert: Nurturing Your Creative Genius
In ancient Greece and Rome, no man was ever called a genius. Instead, he “had” genius, a creative spirit who was able to connect to the Divine and aid in the creation of his work. Eat, Pray, Love’s Elizabeth Gilbert explains why this small syntactic change could do wonders for the way we create and bear the burden of “genius.”
Women of a certain age will remember the wannabes; they might even have been one. The surf slang was popularized in the mainstream to describe the packs of peroxide blonde high school girls in thrift shop attire—vented t-shirts, denim jackets, rubber bracelets all accessorized with lace, especially the fingerless gloves—who roamed American malls in the mid-1980s.
Costumed in crucifixes and layers of lace, Madonna bounced onto the world stage in 1983 inviting us to take a Holiday, and by the end of 1985 she had become a phenom due to her sophomore album, “Like a Virgin.” The appeal to high school girls was apparent; Madonna captured the imaginations of the wannabes, and once she held them and other record buyers in the palm of her hand, she crafted messages of empowerment. One might trace it back to “Material Girl.” In her Marilyn Monroe caricature, Madonna uses her old-fashioned feminine wiles to get what she wants, materialistically.
As Ringling College of Art and Design students Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song and Joon Soo Son remind us in their CGI film, “Brain Divided”, first dates are always distressing. Watch, wince and relate to this man as the right and left sides of his brain wage war on each other. Which wins out the emotional and impulsive right side, or the logical left?