The narrative tension is maintained so skilfully throughout this impeccable piece of Pulitzer-grade reporting that no summary could do it justice. Read, learn, reflect. The tone is police-procedural and does not sensationalise.
Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking.
How Julian Jaynesâ€™ famous 1970s theory is faring in the neuroscience age.
Language needed to exist before what he has defined as consciousness was possible. So he decides to read early texts, including The Iliad andThe Odyssey, to look for signs of people who arenâ€™t capable of introspectionâ€”people who are all sea, no rime. And he believes he sees that in The Iliad. He writes that the characters inThe Iliad do not look inward, and they take no independent initiative. They only do what is suggested by the gods. When something needs to happen, a god appears and speaks. Without these voices, the heroes would stand frozen on the beaches of Troy, like puppets.
By The Odyssey, the characters are capable of something like interior thought, he says. The modern mind, with its internal narrative and longing for direction from a higher power, appear.
And the languageâ€”what language! It has a Nabokovian richness. There is an elegance, power, and believability to his prose. It sounds prophetic. It feels true. And that has incredible weight. Truth and beauty intertwine in ways humans have trouble picking apart.
As the American presidential race heats up, youâ€™ll see a lot of bad thinking emerge, especially mine. So I thought it would be useful to agree on some ground rules to keep each other in line.
I give you my first draft (subject to your improvements) of A Voterâ€™s Guide to Thinking
We spend a lot of time advising startups. Though one-on-one advice will always be crucial, we thought it might help us scale Y Combinator if we could distill the most generalizable parts of this advice into a sort of playbook we could give YC and YC Fellowship companies.
Then we thought we should just give it to everyone.
Kaart uit 1914 toont hoeveel dagen het kost om naar X te reizen. Vanuit Londen, natuurlijk. Je ziet hoe de TranssiberiÃ« Express en de nieuwe Amerikaanse spoorwegen de reistijden verkortten.
The Weird Nothingness Across the Street From Famous Monuments.
After witnessing the destruction brought on by hurricanes in Thailand, the Southern U.S. and around the world, Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn began creating a series of sculptures titled â€˜Force of Natureâ€™. Made from bronze, stainless steel and aluminum, the sculptures, full of life and energy, depict mother nature hurtling planet earth around in circles. The powerful and furious image is meant remind us of the power of nature and what Quinn describes as our â€œfalse sense of securityâ€ towards it.