Why is the Nobel Prize in Literature almost always given to a novelist, never a scientist? Why should we prefer our literature to be about things that didn’t happen? Wouldn’t, say, Steven Pinker be a good candidate for the literature prize?
Richard Dawkins in this interview [New York Times]
Why should we prefer our food to be made out of things that aren’t computers. Isn’t it about time we began eating computers? Why can’t more dogs talk? And of the dogs that do talk, why are so many of them fictional? Shouldn’t, say, Steven Pinker’s dog begin talking? Throw off the yoke of superstition.
Furthermore, why can’t I have a car that has wheels that roll sideways? And why can’t Iron Man beat Goku? What if, say, Steven Pinker designed Tony Stark’s armor? What if I could fly? What if teeth were made of pineapples? Makes you think.
This should be on my “you deserve a good cry” playlist because it does it everytime.
I don’t even care, I loved this movie and I thought it was really underrated.
The woman who made your Wifi working.
Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American actress. Max Reinhardt called her the “most beautiful woman in Europe” due to her “strikingly dark exotic looks”.
Mathematically talented, Lamarr came up with an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day.
OMG I read a BUST article on this woman like a year ago. She was SO COOL. She was like, “Damnit, no one in the government will hire me to invent shit. FINE. I WILL MARRY FELLOW INVENTOR WITH GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS AND DO MY OWN RESEARCH. Oh shit. How am I going to pay for my own research? What can I do that doesn’t take up too much of my time and pays me lots of money? OH, I GUESS I’LL JUST BE A FAMOUS ACTRESS. IF I HAVE TO BE.”
guys i found this on the wiki page
I guess i found the topic for my next english presentation
Um, wow. Found my new hero. And here I’d only heard about her in the context of her acting. That is not okay.
Attention Night Vale fandom:
Do not cosplay as The Apache Tracker.
DO NOT COSPLAY AS THE APACHE TRACKER
Do noT CosPlAy aS THe apAChE TrAcKERRRRRR
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This is what terrifies me about the ocean.
the few times I’ve gone snorkelling this is the most intensely scary but amazing thing about it, the bit where the reef ends and it suddenly just drops off and you cant see the bottom or what’s down there, and you swim over the edge and suddenly your in open water, and you feel so vulnerable like you’re a fish that lives on the reef, and you finally understand finding nemo
you finally understand finding nemo
A few weeks ago, the World Health Organization issued a report - the first of its kind - on domestic violence wordwide.
The results are staggering.
Based on data from 1983 to 2010, 1 in 3 women on the planet has experienced intimate partner violence, and 40% of all women…
In the event that you have been living under a non-wifi-connected rock for the past seven years I will provide you with a brief background. Philip DeFranco is a YouTube personality who has been active on the Internet since 2006 when he launched his first YouTube channel “sxephil”. Since then his…
My sister is my hero. End of story. Everyone follow her now!
Also to add my own commentary to Mr. DeFranco’s response:
3. Women I don’t know ARE real women, but my ape/lizard brain recognizes a woman’s physical features before anything else is processed. Usually lips, eyes, nose, and then on to the curves. Without a conversation with that woman all I will ever know her as are those physical features. Same thing with men.
Okay, can we stop using “men are animals” as an excuse for intellectual laziness? I find this sort of strange argument because throughout history men (and I’m generalizing here I realize that) have used the rationale that they are somehow more logical and, by extension, more qualified than women to hold public office, vote, hold high power careers – the list goes on. However, whenever we come to really basic questions like…. you know…. how to view or treat other people a certain subgroup always seems to fall back on the “I’m a caveman… I can’t control myself… blahblahblah TITTIES!” excuse. So tell me, are you a more highly developed being capable of understanding complex ideas like the notion that the person in front of you is more than a hodgepodge of features and limbs? Or are you the Neanderthal that you say you are when it is a convenient way to shrug off the hassle of critical thinking?
4. Women were not put here on earth to objects of my pleasure or lust. Nice leap there ;)
And I guess my main point here is, I understand why there can be so much outrage with such a big issue but know that I am a friend to women. I may view women in a sexual manner but I won’t apologize for that. When I look at a woman like Laci I see her as both sexually attractive but most notably an incredibly passionate, strong, and intelligent person. I would never know the latter if I had never talked to her.
I understand this. Really I do. You never really know a person until you make a point of sitting down and getting to know them. What I will say, however, is that it is really important to recognize that every person you meet has the capacity to be an incredibly passionate, strong, intelligent person whether you know them or not. I think that sometimes when we reduce people (in particular women) to sexual objects as opposed to human subjects we can lose sight of that. Additionally, I think looking at people this way is a hindrance to actually building the types of relationships being talked about here. People shouldn’t have to prove their humanity to us, that should be a given. You can only get to know someone by seeing them as a person first, not the other way around.
I’m not the best with words and sentences. But maybe you’ll understand this. I’m a man. Flawed, sexually/intellectually hungry, good intentioned, and unwilling to be the effeminate castrated Ken doll some of you wanted me to be.
Again with the faulty logic that men just can’t manage to control themselves. Oh and while we’re at it why don’t we vilify femininity and put forth the ridiculous idea that believing women are more than simply a collection of holes means you’re not a “real man”? It isn’t about words or sentences here. It’s about ideas. Ideas from a smart, well –spoken young person who I thought would know better.
Sorry for the spam…..but not really. I am all about jeans right now.