Monthly Archives: March 2011

Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology

Introductory lecture by Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky.

Rest of the lectures can be found here.

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Rap News: Revolution

via my friend R.

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Khan Academy

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How Does Our Language Shape The Way We Think?

Lera Boroditsky

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Stromae – Alors On Danse

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The Power of Lonely

Many of us crave to be lonely at some point during the day or night. Wanting to be lonely is not something one should be feeling anxious about, at least according to this article in The Boston Globe:

One ongoing Harvard study indicates that people form more lasting and accurate memories if they believe they’re experiencing something alone. Another indicates that a certain amount of solitude can make a person more capable of empathy towards others. And while no one would dispute that too much isolation early in life can be unhealthy, a certain amount of solitude has been shown to help teenagers improve their moods and earn good grades in school.

More here. So, if you are alone then celebrate it, and if you are not, then take some time to be alone!

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Shomei Tomatsu

Shomei Tomatsu is one of the most brilliant Post-World War II photographer. His black and white images are often unusual, bizarre and surreal, which captured my imagination. He has a knack, especially when it comes to playing with the shadows.  From an article in the Guardian:

The American curator and critic Leo Rubenstein described Tomatsu’s Nagasaki photographs as “sad, haggard facts”, noting that, as Tomatsu wandered with his camera, “beneath the surface there was a grief so great that any overt expression of sympathy would have been an insult.” Tomatsu did, though, summon up the lasting horror of Nagasaki in portraits of the dreadfully scarred skin of survivors of the blast – pictures that suggest the psychological as well as physical cost of the nuclear attack.

The above image also appears on the cover of one of my favourite books by Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, which deserves a separate post.

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