Brian Hall

17 Flips | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | @brianhall1216o6 | Keep up with Brian Hall on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Brian Hall”

Marco Rubio’s DIY Christianity

The Florida senator’s dabbling in multiple denominations shows a country more and more inclined toward a consumerist approach toward …

The Abuse of Satire

Garry Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, free-speech fanaticism, and the problem with “punching downward”<p>My career—I guess I can officially call it that now—was not my idea. When my editor, Jim Andrews, recruited me out during my junior year in college and gave me the job I still hold, it wasn’t clear to me …

cartoons

This picture nearly got its photographer killed

IN THE AGE OF TELEPHOTO LENSES and lion-proof cars, a picture like the one above is awesome, but isn’t super impressive: you’d imagine it was taken …

The greatest plague of the 21st century is not AIDS, nor cancer, nor the H1N1 flu, but something that affects much more people in ways we can barely …

Elder Paisios-The harmony of God is hidden within a diversity of personalities.

<b>Elder Paisios The Athonite</b><p>One day a man came to my <i>kalyve(Skete)</i> and told me that he was very worried because he was not of the same mind with his …

Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps”

Blaming religion for violence, says Karen Armstrong, allows us to dismiss the violence we’ve exported worldwide<p>Karen Armstrong has written histories of Buddhism and Islam. She has written a history of myth. She has written a history of God. Born in Britain, Armstrong studied English at Oxford, …

10 Decisions You Would Regret For The Rest Of Your Life

Perspective is a funny thing. Look forward and the path seems uncertain, the future unpredictable. Look back and all the dots seem to connect... except the dots that mark the choices you <i>didn't</i> make and the risks you <i>didn't</i> take.<p>Here are 10 choices you will someday regret having made:<p>The worst words …

Self-Taught Artist Ivan Hoo Has Inhuman Ability To Turn Objects Into Hyperrealist Drawings

A glass of wine, an adorable pug, a jar of Nutella. Not only does Ivan Hoo have an inhuman ability to transform worldly objects into drawings, he also has great taste in subject matter. Hyperrealist junkies, feast your eyes on artworks so realistic you'll just want to eat them up (Nutella) or give …

Western Space Agencies Are Tracking What Could Be A Russian Satellite Killer

Governments keep tabs (and so can you) on what's floating in low orbit, which is why NORAD initially labeled the object as space debris.<p>But in May, Russia's government told the United Nations that a launch made last Christmas Day had sent four satellites into orbit, instead of the trio that is …

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

Universe

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

<b>Cover detail of "@War" by Shane Harris</b><p>Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>Shane Harris<p>November 16, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex”<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s …

Child Sex Robots Could Be Used to Treat Paedophiles

Robotics experts at a recent robot ethics panel held at Berkeley, University of California have suggested that child sex robots could be introduced …

The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, for example, believes that by 2040 artificial intelligence will be so good that humans will be fully immersed in virtual reality and that something called the Singularity, when technology becomes so advanced that it changes the human race irreversibly, will occur.<p>Kevin Kelly, …

America’s dystopian new normal: Endless suspicion, limitless spying

The Suspicious Activity Report is the newest way Big Brother is secretly keeping tabs on ordinary citizens<p>It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door.<p>When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, “Chico Police …

Your brain on movies: Why films make us cry, flinch and cheer

If you’ve ever wept, giggled or grieved inside a movie theater, you know: Some of our most intense emotional experiences come when we’re watching a film.<p>“Given that all you’re perceiving are the vibrations of some speakers and a succession of still digital images on a screen – why do we take that …

Washington University in St. Louis

Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

For five years physicists have been tantalized by possible evidence of dark matter in the Milky Way's center.<p>Once again, a shadow of a signal that scientists hoped would amplify into conclusive evidence of dark matter has instead flatlined, repeating a maddening refrain in the search for the …

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?<p>When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in 1845, when Smith was only a five-year-old boy, Austen Henry Layard, Henry …