Eclectic is my reading and memory is short. to find mullings later: Here I come.

Most of us — men and women — will never consciously experience the undercurrent of sexism that runs through our world. Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are better swimmers than they imagine

The Hidden Brain – fascinating read on how ocean currents explain our unconscious social biases.  (via explore-blog)

The statistical analysis revealed that the collective views of ordinary Americans have a negligible impact on the policies rolled out by government. In fact, the collective sentiments of the economic elite (defined here as the richest 10%) are 15 times as important.

To re-evangelize the West, the Church must recover its mystical heritage

Latimer planted the garden on Easter Sunday in 1960. He placed some compost and a quarter pint of water into a 10-gallon glass carboy and inserted a spiderwort sprout using wires. In 1972, he opened the garden again to add a bit of water. With that one exception, the garden has remained totally sealed – all it needs is plenty of sunlight! It might seem strange to some that a totally sealed garden would thrive like this, but it’s not – the garden is a perfectly self-sufficient ecosystem. The bacteria in the compost break down the dead plants and break down the oxygen given off by the plants, turning it into the carbon dioxide that the plants need to survive

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Animated Gif (Hopper 4) , 2012    Ibon Mainar

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Animated Gif (Hopper 4) , 2012    Ibon Mainar

I see Wall Street’s mantra — “We’re smarter and work harder than everyone else, so we deserve all this money” — for what it is: the rationalization of addicts. From a distance I can see what I couldn’t see then — that Wall Street is a toxic culture that encourages the grandiosity of people who are desperately trying to feel powerful.

Children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older, according to a new study. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or culture. The lead researcher says it is really no different than learning math or to play the piano.

A discussion led by Melvin Bragg with three Christian theologians about why the doctrine of the Trinity came about. Helpful to get to the heart of why Christians have felt compelled to promulgate such a hard-to-understand doctrine.

62,827 emails (!) from 38 Degrees members pushed eBay into taking action. They even told the 38 Degrees office that they had people in “making manual checks over the weekend” – which for a huge corporation based on fancy technology is extraordinary.

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Australian generative artist and designer Jonathan McCabe turns Alan Turing’s theory of naturally occurring patterns in cells into hypnotic artworks. Pair with artist Michele Banks’s cellular paintings inspired by Carl Sagan.

explore-blog:

Australian generative artist and designer Jonathan McCabe turns Alan Turing’s theory of naturally occurring patterns in cells into hypnotic artworks. Pair with artist Michele Banks’s cellular paintings inspired by Carl Sagan.