The mirror doesn’t “force” the Renaissance to happen; it “allows” it to happen.
Without a technology that enabled humans to see a clear reflection of reality, including their own faces, the particular constellation of ideas in art and philosophy and politics that we call the Renaissance would have had a much more difficult time coming into being.
Peering into the history of the mirror and the future of its modern progeny — which includes, notably, the selfie — Johnson leaves the trajectory of its sociocultural impact open-ended:
The mirror helped invent the modern self, in some real but unquantifiable way. That much we should agree on. Whether that was a good thing in the end is a separate question, one that may never be settled con
Jargon, gibberish, twaddle: Whatever you call it there's too much in PR, marketing and the media. I was recently speaking with a PR person who represented a large shopping centre. "We never refer to it as a shopping centre," I...
We all know that learning a new language is a great, healthy thing to do for your brain, but new research has discovered that it actually changes both the structure and function of your brain network, regardless of whether you’re four years old, or