You can’t step in the same river twice, but still it flows in the same direction. That is how Heraclitus sticks in my mind. Like many other presocratic philosophers, Heraclitus lived on the shores of Asia Minor, but his ideas leapt across the Aegean Sea to mainland Greece and eventually to further parts of Europe.
All over the world, homeless people are subject to criminal sanction, given tickets or forced out of city centres just for sleeping or eating. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP UN special rapporteur on the right to housing
When we slip into sleep and embark on a subconscious journey through our dreams, what exactly is our brain up to? Theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and all around cool guy Michio Kaku returns to Big Thinkto discuss the science of dreaming, as well as everything Freud got right about our subconscious:
A propensity to worry indicates a strong ability to consider the past and future in precise detail, perhaps explaining why worriers also tend to be more intelligent.
Maturity is one of those buzz words that everyone seems to have their own definition for. Most times you hear “maturity” thrown around, it is in connection to some level of responsibility. Maturity is often used as a descriptor for people that “have their shit together”, i.e., own a house, have a stable job, etc. Another fallacy surrounding maturity is that it has anything to do with age. The truth is, maturity is all about who you are as a person, not what you have or how long you’ve been…
In a recent interview with The Intercept, Edward Snowden offered some advice for what average citizens can do to reclaim their privacy. Because the sharing of information should be a conversation, not an enigma buried in a site’s ‘Terms of Service.’
Becoming a planet that will support life is a complicated matter, one that scientists haven’t quite unraveled. MIHAILULIANIKOV/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK Just in case you were feeling significant today, consider this: There could be 40 billion planets — all of them the size of Earth — orbiting sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy. And that doesn’t even include the other planetary possibilities that surely exist outside our own interstellar neck of the woods.
1. Whoever designed this bathing suit: instagram.com 2. The delivery person responsible for this disgrace: instagram.com 3. This designer who is going to give millions of little kids nightmares for the rest of their lives: Twitter: @JkingK 4. The pasta packager who insists on ruining your fancy meal at the Italian restaurant: instagram.com 5. And the person at the fortune cookie factory who just can’t let you finish your meal in peace at the Chinese food restaurant: instagram.com 6. Whoever put together this mosaic from hell: instagram.com 7. This truly…
Back in the old days, when people got their news mainly frompapers, magazines, radio and television, it was generally easy to figure out when someone was pulling your leg. Pretty much anything in the National Enquirer was suspect, for example. That tabloid often featured stories with outrageous headlines, such as, “Woman Gives Birth to Alien.” We may laugh at such titles, but what’s not so funny is that in the last decade or two, with the growth of the Internet and social media, fake news stories and entire fake news…
We would like a word with our fifth-grade teachers. How is it that so many supposedly educated adults still believe thatBenjamin Franklin discovered electricity when his kite was struck by lightning, and that Columbus discovered America while trying to prove that the world was round? It can’t be because we’re ignorant, or gullible, or both. Better to blame the fifth-grade teachers. For shame, Mr. Donnelly. For shame.