Saturday, March 24, 2012

Quote of the Day

We sense and experience that we are eternal. For the mind no less senses those things which it conceives in understanding that those which it has in memory. For the eyes of the mind by which it sees things and observes them are proofs. So although we do not remember that we existed before the body, we sense nevertheless that our mind in so far as in involves the essence of the body under a species of eternity is eternal and its existence cannot be defined by time or explained by duration.

-Baruch Spinoza,Ethics Part V, Prop. XXIII

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Links for Later 3-22-12

  1. Critique of Jonah Lehrer's Imagine
  2. "The White Savior Industrial Complex"
  3. Monks' marginalia
  4. The Supreme Court upholds the laws of nature
  5. Dan Savage responds to Rick Santorum "praying for him"
  6. Just look at these pop art monstrosities
  7. Top 10 lessons of the Iraq War (#1: We lost.)
  8. Kony 2012 director diagnosed with "reactive psychosis", colloquially known as flipping out under stress
  9. You'll get my Facebook password when you take it from my cold, dead hands
  10. Mass Effect's deeply unsatisfying ending to be retconned
  11. Stupid debate about reviving the draft
  12. Mitt Romney's litigious, anti-gay, billionaire backer
  13. Mark Leyner returns!
  14. Dangerous Minds threw a heck of a party the other night
  15. No, he's not really flying by flapping his arms
  16. Giant polaroids of light from a giant prism
  17. How Obama tried and failed to sell out the liberals last year
  18. Kevin Smith's done making films, y'all
  19. Ben McKenzie on Southland
  20. "Questions No One Knows the Answers To"
  21. China Mieville on monsters

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Genius Greenhouse

Jonah Lehrer wonders how 5th century BCE Athens and 16th century Florence became such hotbeds of genius, and comes up with a three part plan: 1) people mixing, where lots of people and ideas are constantly on the move, 2) promote education and other "meta innovations" and 3) support risk-taking.

As T. S. Eliot once remarked, the great ages did not contain more talent. They wasted less.
Check out the rest of the article in Wired. He's got a forthcoming book on creativity as well. I've already pre-ordered my copy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Links for Later 3-14-12

Hey, hey, it's Pi Day. Happy 3.14
  1. Skyscraper competition
  2. Tom McCarthy interview in Interview
  3. Greg Smith quits Goldman Sachs via New York Times op-ed
  4. GTD + Evernote = productivity
  5. Travis Barker gets a head tattoo. This hurts just to see.
  6. Fundamentalist atheists

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Adam Swartzbaugh at Kenyon

Adam Swartzbaugh of the Genesis Network (and the US Army) stopped by Kenyon (and OSU) to talk about social entrepreneurship. He was a big hit with the students, in part because he talked about how his failures and setbacks motivated him to succeed, and in part because he put the responsibility for taking action on the audience.

Elsewhere: interviews with Adam in the Collegian before and after his visit.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

ACTA Uncovered

Now you can see the secret ACTA treaty* online, thanks to Darrell Issa. Read it here. What a nasty piece of work it is, too. Similar to the SOPA/PIPA acts in intent, it's been pushed forward through closed international trade negotiations. No wonder they haven't let it hit the light of day until now.

*or It's-Not-a-Treaty-It's-an-Agreement, as the government seems to think. Good luck with that one, guys. It looks like a treaty to everybody else, acts like a treaty, and is therefore...a treaty.