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26 Nov. 2023 - 23:04 UTC
“One can never be alone enough to write,” Susan Sontag lamented in her diary. “Oh comforting solitude, how favorable thou art to original thought!” the founding father of neuroscience [...]
23 Nov. 2023 - 23:45 UTC
"We need detachment... as much as we need engagement in our lives... transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear."
21 Nov. 2023 - 17:41 UTC
"We cannot deeply love anything without becoming vulnerable to loss. And we cannot become separate people, responsible people, connected people, reflective people without some losing and leaving and [...]
18 Nov. 2023 - 16:56 UTC
“Night, when words fade and things come alive,” Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in his love letter to the hours of darkness, composed while flying alone over the [...]
17 Nov. 2023 - 0:36 UTC
That one mind can reach out from its lonely cave of bone and touch another, express its joys and sorrows to another — this is the great miracle of being alive together. The object of human [...]
16 Nov. 2023 - 23:36 UTC
"Outsiders who are not themselves immersed in pain should make an effort to empathize with all suffering humans, rather than lazily seeing only part of the terrible reality. It is the job of [...]
14 Nov. 2023 - 23:46 UTC
Born into a world with no clocks, telescopes, microscopes, or democracy, Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham (c. 965–c. 1040), known in the West as Alhazen, began his life studying religion, but grew [...]
13 Nov. 2023 - 0:51 UTC
Few things have maimed the spirit of Western civilization more than the myth of our expulsion from the Garden of Eden — a deeply damaging story about human nature, damning us and our [...]
10 Nov. 2023 - 22:45 UTC
Epoch after epoch, we humans have tried to raise ourselves above other animals with distinctions that have turned out false — consciousness is not ours alone, nor is grief, nor is play. If [...]
8 Nov. 2023 - 21:13 UTC
“That best fact, the Moon,” Margaret Fuller called it. “No one ever gets tired of the moon,” Walt Whitman wrote down the Atlantic coast from her, exulting: Goddess that she is [...]