September 25, 2012
"This is what the real, no-bullshit value of your liberal arts education is supposed to be about: how to keep from going through your comfortable, prosperous, respectable adult life dead, unconscious, a slave to your head and to your natural default setting of being uniquely, completely, imperially alone day in and day out."

— Revisiting David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water on the fourth anniversary of the beloved literary hero’s death. (via explore-blog)

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September 13, 2012

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August 27, 2012
Great sentiment on Office life by Nike

Great sentiment on Office life by Nike

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July 25, 2012
"Those persons who have risen to eminence in arts, letters or sciences have frequently possessed considerable knowledge of subjects outside their own sphere of activity."

An Anatomy of Inspiration (via explore-blog)

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June 28, 2012
"Our taste derives from the summation of all that we have learnt from others, experienced and thought"

— Truth on science and creativity from 1957 (via explore-blog)

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June 28, 2012
explore-blog:

Wisdom from Dr. Seuss, a fine visual addition to these timeless Seuss-isms on life.
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explore-blog:

Wisdom from Dr. Seuss, a fine visual addition to these timeless Seuss-isms on life.

( curiosity counts)

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June 26, 2012
"Change is not a bolt of lightning that arrives with a zap. It is a bridge built brick by brick, every day, with sweat and humility and slips. It is hard work, and slow work, but it can be thrilling to watch it take shape."

Thoughtful, moving piece by Sarah Hepola on her long struggle to quit drinking, showing that, like innovation, personal change is a matter of gradual revision and rewiring, not strokes of epiphany. 

( The Dish)

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June 25, 2012
“There are only four types of person you can be.” Some Damn Good Advice from George Lois, who hates being called “the original Mad Man.” More here. Previously. 

“There are only four types of person you can be.” Some Damn Good Advice from George Lois, who hates being called “the original Mad Man.” More here. Previously

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June 22, 2012
"Our inability to properly monitor the sources of our ideas leads to the common phenomenon of cryptomnesia – thinking that what is really a memory is actually a new idea – and in some cases inadvertent plagiarism. In brainstorming tasks, people will often repeat others’ ideas without realizing it. To counter cryptomnesia while researching my book, I make note of when I come across an idea that surprises me so that I can accurately attribute it later. It’s easy to absorb an idea and then believe honestly that it was generated by yourself. (Or, more subtly, to remember where one first heard an idea but later find it no longer surprising and in fact so obvious and intuitive that it doesn’t deserve explicit attribution—a type of hindsight bias.)"

Matthew Hutson on inception as “a simple matter of persuasion and cryptomnesia.” Hutson is the author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking


Also see neuroscientist David Eagleman’s Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which delves into how our brains synthesize memories, impressions, and other mental resources into what we call “ideas.”

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June 14, 2012
"When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised, the Lord doesn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked Him to forgive me."

Emo Philips (via simko)

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June 12, 2012
world-shaker:

Preach.

world-shaker:

Preach.

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February 23, 2012
"The central attribute of human conscious experience, so fundamental, in fact, that we take it for granted, don’t pause to think about it, is the sense of unity. You’ve got a diversity of sensory experiences. You see things, you listen to things. This harks back to what I was saying about synesthesia. You taste things. You have hundreds of memories throughout a lifetime. Yet you think of yourself as a unified person. Yet all of these happen to you… Despite this diversity of sensory experiences, this bewildering sensory cognitive blitz of memories and sensory impressions I experience unity. How does that come about?"

— Legendary neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran, author of the excellent The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human, shares his adventures in behavioral neurology.  (via curiositycounts)

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January 25, 2012
"Teachers in black state schools work an average of 3.5 hours a day, compared with 6.5 hours in the former white state schools known as “Model C”. A fifth of teachers are absent on Fridays, rising to a third at the end of the month. The education minister herself admits that 80% of schools are still “dysfunctional”."

— Officially, 25% of South Africans are unemployed; the real figure is probably nearer 40%. Some accuse the country’s education system of churning out candidates that are largely unemployable. (via theeconomist)

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September 27, 2011
"This notion that intellectual rigor and kindness do not make good bedfellows is really misguided. It seems predicated on that old unexamined (and heavily gendered) bias between emotion and reason. But it’s a false distinction abrogated by both modern neuroscience and some very old texts."

— On the philosophy and neuropsychology of kindness, which is often falsely framed as a binary opposite to intellect (via curiositycounts)

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August 26, 2011
"Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the HIV metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition to his son. And it was a way of examining prejudice, unwarranted prejudice towards a group of people. And also, examining why people might become embittered when they’re treated that unfairly."

— J.K. Rowling (via newyorkcanwait)

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