“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”—Author Ray Bradbury, whose birthday is today and who once said, “Libraries raised me.” Happy birthday, Ray. NYPL has plenty of books by him and about him. Check one out today. (via nypl)
I went out with my friend Laura last week and as is characteristic of our rendezvous, our evening consisted of 20% philosophy and 80% giggling. It happens; I don’t know how it does, but we dissolve into hysterics while debating the debt ceiling. It just got me thinking about all the things I love about my friends. The list of reasons I admire them is constantly growing and my love for them can only be considered obvious. I have long been a bit of a social chameleon and my desire to get to know everyone has lead me to a lot of different people. I guess it doesn’t hurt that I vehemently subscribe to the idea that everyone has something to offer and we all have a story to tell. In the hustle of the city and the numbness of technology I sometimes forget the value of good human interaction. I forget how much it means to share something as small as a laugh with some coworkers or a hug with an old friend. And it’s easy to forget all the reasons you love someone when you’re busy running from one place to the next. Respect and admiration are two of the strongest praises you can bestow upon a person and I must remember to communicate those more often.
I have a tendency to get wrapped up in my thoughts, reflecting on the bigger picture and becoming trapped in the rabbit hole that is the what-are-we-all-doing-here question. And to be completely frank, it’s exhausting. The simple moments shared with the people who mean the most to me quietly and emphatically ground me in the very love and meaning to life I’m always searching for. I just hope you feel the same way too.
“Moving abroad is much more than a new apartment and a new subway card. It’s a total change, a shift of what seems important, a questioning of priorities and this series of small shocks that you can’t really talk about when they come because there’s no perspective. You don’t yet understand them.”—
While she focuses on our relationship with food, the same can be said for many of our cultural relationships. Living abroad definitely leaves one questioning priorities and returning to your native culture only raises those questions again.
The findings come from a series of studies, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, that were undertaken to determine why women, who have made tremendous progress in education and the workplace over the past few decades, continue to be underrepresented at the highest levels of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Lead author Lora Park, associate professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo, and her co-authors found converging support for the idea that when romantic goals are activated, either by environmental cues or personal choice, women—but not men—show less interest in STEM and more interest in feminine fields, such as the arts, languages and English. The research is described in the article to be published in the September issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
“When the goal to be romantically desirable is activated, even by subtle situational cues, women report less interest in math and science,” says Park. “One reason why this might be is that pursuing intelligence goals in masculine fields, such as STEM, conflicts with pursuing romantic goals associated with traditional romantic scripts and gender norms.”
“With so many phenomena in search of a biological explanation, “Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation” may conceivably be followed by a second sequel — with twists as unexpected as those in the old “Star Trek” shows. The enemy inside us is every bit as formidable as imagined invaders from beyond. Learning to outwit it is leading science deep into the universe of the living cell.”— Beyond the Genome, Cancer’s Secrets Come Into Sharper Focus
“Do you come here often? I do. I’m the Foursquare mayor, actually, which means I come here more than anyone else. That reminds me, I need to check-in. Can I have your Twitter handle? You’re so attractive, I want to Shout it from multiple applications. Simultaneously.”—