When we talk about going on a road trip and taking back roads, we are generally hoping to see the details of a land and people or region. We hope to find a good surprise. Maybe we also hope that the feeling of the passage of time will slow down a bit. To allow for seeing these details and playing with perceptions of time, we want to avoid the common road or thoroughfare that the masses drive upon. The back road is the road that passes through the mountain peaks and valleys, the deserts and prairies, and the forests and swamps. As any traveler knows, the back road is also more likely to contain the unknown, hidden gems. Jungian psychotherapy is a lot like taking the back roads.
Virginia Tech professor and Fralin Life Institute affiliate Jim Westwood has made a discovery about plant-to-plant communication: enormous amounts of genetic messages in the form of mRNA transcripts are transmitted from the parasitic plant Cuscuta (known more commonly as dodder and strangleweed) to its hosts. Using Illumina next generation sequencing technologies to sequence the tissues …
Researchers have developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface."
Japan should officially be known as the land of themed cafés. From cat cafés to owl cafés, character cafés and maid cafés… there’s even a café where you can pay 980 yen (US$9.57) to get two young men to share a stick of Pocky. Mouth to mouth. And that’s not all that is on their fantasy-inducing menu. Regardless if ...
As Denton seeks to become the first city in Texas to ban fracking, the industry is trying to frame the fight in economic terms. But that turns out to be a poor choice.
Keith Wayne Brown's insight:
Go Adam with your Op/Ed at Truthout: As the industry clutches at straws - and threatens lawsuits - they are alienating more and more people. At a recent City Council hearing, with 600 people sitting in three overflow rooms, 85 percent of Denton speakers supported the ban. When you've got mothers testifying about how living at home has become a nightmare while industry representatives say we must "fully and effectively" exploit mineral resources no matter what - well, it becomes pretty clear who the real extremists are.
I think that Deleuze would find this a great introduction to the Society of Control: "Networks overlay each other and touch each other and affect each other all over the place. In this phase of human civilization the interaction of the vast networks we’ve built is just about where everything happens. Understanding how networks function isn’t esoteric specialist knowledge anymore than being able to read is."
As much as the movies and technology are helping the industry, however, even more credit should go to comic book creators. Most comics are simply better these days — and that's my personal opinion, but it's also a popular one. Comics books have become far more sophisticated since their debut last century. Contemporary mainstream comics can be excellent, while creative alternative comics are more plentiful than ever.
In a graphic, interactive investigation by Adam Bessie and Dan Carino, take a look under the hood of The Gates Foundation's multimillion dollar public relations machine designed to turn you into an education reformer.
...how many Twitter followers they have? LinkedIn Connections? Instagram followers? Do you know if they have a blog/tumblr? Do you have any idea at all what kind of network that person will be bringing into your organization? Why not? No,...
although the challenges of connecting people sound the same, every trip offers up a new angle on what connectivity means to the locals: its impact on gender roles in India; the rise of love-marriages in Afghanistan; a more level playing field for favela dwellers in Brazil; a stable point of contact in Nigeria; the list goes on..."
Animator Ben Ridgway creates abstract animations that explore organic and metaphysical imagery, relating to aspects of life and interconnectedness. His latest film, Cosmic Flower Unfolding, recently won several awards and has been touring film festivals around the world since late last year. He sh
The Texas Republican party once again proved that it is living in a previous century, when over 60 of its members got together to sign a legal brief which states that same-sex marriage opens the do...
Keith Wayne Brown's insight:
In states that have already legalized same-sex marriage, we haven’t seen the crumbling of social order that conservatives insists will happen. Far from destroying the family unit and ruining the country, same-sex couples behave a lot like every other couple: They marry, they have families, some they get divorced, others spend their lives together. In fact, there is even some cutting-edge research which suggests that gay couples raise healthier kids than straight couples on average. Whether you subscribe to that theory or not is beside the point, in every example we have (in the United States and abroad), gay marriage has been fine. Conservatives in same-sex legal states may not like it on an ideological level, but I bet they would have a hard time coming up with an example of how their lives have changed in any tangible way since it happened.