+ + + LINKS + + + —– Abraham Loeb: How to Search for Dead Cosmic Civilizations When exploring habitable worlds around other stars, we might therefore find planets with burnt-up surfaces, abandoned mega-structures or planetary atmospheres rich with poisonous gases and no sign of life. Even more intriguing is the possibility that we will
EGO People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga, says a new study: According to Buddhist teaching, the self is an illusion. The religion preaches a fundamentally selfless worldview, encouraging followers to renounce individual desires and distance themselves from self-concern. To advance this perspective, millions of people around the world practice yoga and meditation. But
GOOD vs. EVIL Why is modern-day pop culture obsessed with good vs. evil themes? Good guy/bad guy narratives might not possess any moral sophistication, but they do promote social stability, and they’re useful for getting people to sign up for armies and fight in wars with other nations. Their values feel like morality, and
A brief note on some cool stuff happening down in the desert. If you like Shakespeare and skateboarding — or either of the two! — consider donating to the new project of my friend Veronica Everett in Santa Fe, who is merging those worlds: Can you be an arts revolutionary? We want to Skateboard Shakespaere!
You may have noticed on my website’s home page, I feature this quote in a sidebar widget: True beauty is something that attacks, overpowers, robs, and finally destroys. The line is from Japanese author Yukio Mishima. I’m not sure how I first happened upon Mishima’s work — I may have noticed author Jack Donovan reference