"According to string theory, all particles and fundamental forces arise from the vibrational states of tiny strings. For mathematical consistency, these strings vibrate in 10-dimensional spacetime. And for consistency with our familiar everyday experience of the universe, with three spatial dimensions and the dimension of time, the additional six dimensions are 'compacted' so as to … Continue reading Found: A Quadrillion Ways for String Theory to Make Our Universe
"Mommy, I have changed my name to "The Sixth Jackson."Wait, really? I'm supposed to say, 'This in my son, 'The Sixth Jackson.'?'No. You are supposed to say, "This is the Sixth Jackson." And then I will show them my moves. And then they will understand.Damn."—Mira Jacob. "37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son." Buzzfeed. June … Continue reading 37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son
"You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education. People who are regimented all their lives, handed off to work … Continue reading The Abolition of Work—Bob Black
Discussion about books that have changed people's perspective, starting with original poster's experience with Freakonomics. Quite a few interesting book recommendations in this thread. A few recommendations I liked include: Peter Watson's Ideas, Jonathan Haidt's Righteous Mind, Donald Norman's The Design of Everyday Things, Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication, Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi, and Bruce … Continue reading What Books Changed the Way You Think About Almost Everything? | Hacker News
"A project to hand-transcribe the entire Qur'an according to historic Islamic traditions and to illuminate the text with relevant scenes from contemporary American life. Nine years in the making, the project was inspired by a decade of extended travel in Islamic regions of the world." —American Qur'an
Remedios Varo was a Spanish surrealist artist. Her Letters, Dreams & Other Writings was recently translated and published by Wakefield Press.
"In 1998, Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible." —Saint John's Bible A medieval-style illustrated Bible for modern times. Really interesting piece of art. Makes me think of Sandow Dirk's American Qur'an, which probably deserves a blog post of its own.