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You are relatively true but also universally true.  You are relatively conscious as a person in the space/time continuum, but you are also Universal Consciousness, free from space and time. You are part, but you are also whole.  You are person, but you are also God.   –Mike Zonta, BB editor

Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of Aliveness

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org) Some of humanity’s most celebrated writers and artists have reaped, and extolled, the creative benefits of keeping a diary. For John Steinbeck, journaling was a tool of discipline and a hedge against self-doubt; for Virginia Woolf, a way to “loosen the ligaments” of creativity; for André Gide, a conduit to “spiritual evolution”; for Anaïs Nin, … Continue reading Ongoingness: Sarah Manguso on Time, Memory, Beginnings and Endings, and the True Measure of Aliveness

Elon Musk warns ‘advanced A.I.’ will soon manipulate social media

Musk also said that “anonymous bot swarms” should be investigated. STEPHEN JOHNSON 27 September, 2019 (bigthink.com)FilmMagic / Getty On Thursday, Musk tweeted about the potential dangers of advanced A.I. manipulating social media. It’s unclear what prompted Musk to tweet about advanced A.I., but his tweets came hours after The New York Times published an article about digital disinformation … Continue reading Elon Musk warns ‘advanced A.I.’ will soon manipulate social media

Why extreme rituals might benefit psychophysiological health

A new study shows two potential benefits of undergoing a painful ritual. STEPHEN JOHNSON 25 September, 2019 Michel RENAUDEAU/Getty (bigthink.com) A new study examined peoples’ objective and subjective indicators of health before, during, and after a painful ritual. The results showed that people who underwent the painful ritual reported a greater quality of life and … Continue reading Why extreme rituals might benefit psychophysiological health

Greta Thunberg Says Asperger’s Is Her Superpower

MOLLY LONGMAN LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 24, 2019, 7:46 AM (refinery29.com) PHOTO: ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES. While dozens of world leaders made their voices heard at the UN Climate Action summit in New York City Monday, it was a 16-year-old’s rallying cry that had people — including the president — talking. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is known internationally for continuously and courageously working to combat … Continue reading Greta Thunberg Says Asperger’s Is Her Superpower

A brief history of singular ‘they’

James Gleick on being cited in the OEDAn Oxford lexicographer of the 1940s: Hereward Price Home  Blog  A brief history of singular ‘they’ A brief history of singular ‘they’ Singular they has become the pronoun of choice to replace he and she in cases where the gender of the antecedent – the word the pronoun refers to – is unknown, irrelevant, or nonbinary, … Continue reading A brief history of singular ‘they’

Biography: Weegee

Photo by Weegee From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Weegee Born Ascher (Usher) Fellig June 12, 1899 Złoczów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Zolochiv, Ukraine) Died December 26, 1968 (aged 69) New York City, New York, U.S. Other names Arthur Fellig Occupation Photographer Known for Street photography of crime scenes or emergencies Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur (Usher) Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968), a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black … Continue reading Biography: Weegee

​Stephen Hawking believed humans should go to moon before Mars, says Buzz Aldrin

The Apollo 11 astronaut was recently awarded the Stephen Hawking Medal for Lifetime Achievement. STEPHEN JOHNSON 01 July, 2019 Buzz Aldrin is an Apollo 11 astronaut who was the second man to walk on the moon. NASA currently plans to send humans back to the moon and establish a “deep space gateway” that would eventually … Continue reading ​Stephen Hawking believed humans should go to moon before Mars, says Buzz Aldrin