Category Philosophy

H.L. Mencken on Reclaiming Democracy from the Mob Mentality That Masquerades for It

Reprinted from Brain Pickingsby Maria Popova This fear of ideas is a peculiarly democratic phenomenon… nowhere so horribly apparent as in the United States, perhaps the nearest approach to an actual democracy yet seen in the world. In a recent conversation with the smartest person I know, she suggested that society might have a certain […]

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Søren Kierkegaard: Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards New ‘Molecular Movie’ Reveals Ultrafast Chemistry in Motion What are Quantum Dots? Cancer Surgery Technology CGI 3D Tech Demo HD: “Heartworks – Heart” How a driverless car sees the road […]

How Does a Transistor Work?

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. How Does a Transistor Work? Detecting rare cancer cells with sound waves Single Atom Quantum Computing in Silicon Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation Magnetic Propulsion Strange Spider Mating Professor Dave Explains: Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins M62 – Globular Cluster Henry […]

My picks, 2015-21

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Research on touchscreens Computer Color is Broken Solar eclipse: 2015 Montaigne Is Your Pet Happy? What if 3D printing was 100x faster? 10 Amazing Fire Tricks! How Many Stars Are There? The Majesty of the First Apollo Spacewalk Research on touchscreens Future Interfaces Group […]

Max Weber

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Max Weber A Cheetah Sprinting to the Kill The Sidewinder Snake Slithers at 18 MPH Haunting Time-Lapses From the End of the Earth Leopard cub bath time Capturing Digital Images (The Bayer Filter) Nizar Ibrahim: Lost Giant of the Sahara Do Tortoises Like Being […]

My picks, 2015-7

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice What Ever Happened to Nuclear Weapons? Crazy Engineering: Mars Helicopter Interstellar Voyaging – An Evolutionary Transition 11 Years and Counting – Opportunity on Mars The World’s Smallest Movie Radio Wave Lightning Tracking Greenland’s […]

Beautiful 3-D Brain Scans Show Every Synapse

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Beautiful 3-D Brain Scans Show Every Synapse Sam Harris Neuroscience vs Afterlife Rabbit Island – Nature’s Weirdest Events Rivers of meltwater on Greenland’s ice sheet contribute to rising sea levels Faster, Higher, Stronger Alex McDowell on Building New Worlds Approaching Titan a Billion Times […]

Mimosa Pudica

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Mimosa Pudica Fake Snow Making Small Things Big in the World of Organic Electronics See invisible motion, hear silent sounds. Cool? Creepy? We can’t decide Crazy Engineering: Ion Propulsion and the Dawn Mission Explorers Get Close to Boiling Lava Lake in Vanuatu Did Humans […]

My picks, 37

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. The Future of the User Interface Misunderstood Geniuses: William Harvey Flying over Becquerel crater Prairie Dogs Nightmare! Powerful Pack Hunters How An Airplane Is Made Political Theory – Marx Depression and its treatment Extract from A Little Light Relief – 1997 The Future of […]

My picks, 33

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting. Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming Why Am I Tired? CERN LHC Particle Accelerator Network HD Animation What the brain can tell us about the future of computing Colorful Time-Lapse of Hot Air Balloons in New Mexico Lynx Kitten Round-Up Solar […]