A wonderful story about a wonderful writer: "Octavia Butler and the Pimply, Pompous Publisher"
(Plus- The Fellowship of the Ring)
Be grateful that the Butler did it: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/29/writers-use-everything-we-cant-help-it-whatever-touches-us-touches-our-writing/
The lost cities of the ancient tropics have a lot to teach us about how to live alongside nature. @palaeotropics explains: "The real urban jungle: how ancient societies reimagined what cities could be"
(Plus- Karl Popper)
At 700, Dante’s Divine Comedy is as modern as ever – a lesson in spiritual intelligence that makes us better at being alive. @platospodcasts explains: "The Divine Dante"
(Plus- Jean Baudrillard)
Muse (in meter!) on modernity: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/27/i-found-myself-within-a-forest-dark-for-the-straightfoward-pathway-had-been-lost/
Taking the unaccountable into account: "Randomness Rules," from @RPSeawright, via @JVLast
(Plus Oskar Morgenstern and Game Theory)
On composites, crayfish, and reinforced concrete’s tentative alkalinity: "A Symbiotic Truce," from @pencerw @the_prepared
(Plus- the Arch of Constantine)
Delve into durability: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/25/they-swore-by-concrete-they-built-for-eternity-3/
A most marvelous mystery, solved by @adalva: "On the Trail of a Mysterious, Pseudonymous Author"
(Plus- O. Henry)
Get to the bottom of it: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/24/anonymity-is-the-fame-of-the-future/
That most democratic of Victorian popular entertainments: photos from the Sanger Circus Collection
(Plus- it's International Yada, Yada, Yada Day)
Authoritarian food obsessions can have a lasting legacy: "The Dictators Who Ruled Their Countries’ Cuisines," from @amayyasi
(Plus- Dorcas Reilly)
Contemplate comestible coercion: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/22/how-can-you-govern-a-country-which-has-246-varieties-of-cheese/
How much should we value the past, the present, and the future? "Being in Time," from @paulbloomatyale
(Plus- the Temple of Artemis)
Thinking about how we think about time: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/21/be-a-good-ancestor-2/
There are an infinite number of infinities. Which one corresponds to the real numbers? "How Many Numbers Exist? Infinity Proof Moves Math Closer to an Answer"
(Plus- Bernhard Reimann)
Can one writer curse another for life? "William S. Burroughs’s Hate Letter to Truman Capote," from @knownemily in @lithub
(Plus- Harold Camping)
An MIT team's 1972 model suggested that society could collapse this century. New research suggests that we’re "on schedule." Bracing-- important-- reading.
(Plus- Thomas Kuhn)
Demanding visibility: "A Florida Man Is Threatening to Sue an Artist Whose Invisible Sculpture Sold for $18,000, Saying He Came Up With the Idea First"; from @tddafoe in @artnet
(Plus- the stealth bomber)
Answers in search of a query at "100 Literary Jeopardy Clues from Real Episodes of Jeopardy!" (Answers-- that is, questions-- provided.)
(Plus- The Catcher in the Rye)
"Life at the Edge of Impossible": 10,000 feet under the sea, these snails thrive with a little help from their friends; from @adrienneday
(Plus- Carl Woese and the Tree of Life)
Examine extremes: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/15/lifes-a-little-weird/
How exposure to misinformation inoculation sometimes makes things worse-- and how to do better: "They Swore by the Diet I Created — but I Completely Made It Up," from @AlanLevinovitz, via @DenseDiscovery
(Plus- Bastille Day)
Think critically: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/14/one-of-the-chief-obstacles-to-intelligence-is-credulity-and-credulity-could-be-enormously-diminished-by-instructions-as-to-the-prevalent-forms-of-mendacity/
"The Perils of Paradigm Economics": Simplistic political and economic ideologies don't lead to effective policymaking; but something in human psychology makes many crave them anyway, from @AndresVelasco
(Plus- Sidney Webb)
Acknowledge nuance: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/13/political-language-has-to-consist-largely-of-euphemism-question-begging-and-sheer-cloudy-vagueness-such-phraseology-is-needed-if-one-wants-to-name-things-without-calling-up-mental-picture/
Continental drift, supercontinents, and deep history: "1 Billion Years of Tectonic Plate Movement in 40 Seconds"
(Plus- Etch A Sketch)
Diving into the data of devotion: "The American Religious Landscape in 2020"
Ponder piety: https://roughlydaily.com/2021/07/11/losing-my-religion/
The first of many was unearthed almost three centuries ago, and we still don't know what they were for: "Mysterious dodecahedrons of the Roman Empire"
(Plus Bunny Lapin and Reddi-Wip)
Have helped start lots of orgs (e.g., GBN, Wired, Oxygen); of late, mostly NGOs. Still practice scenario planning, mostly with not-for-profits.
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