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To Solve the Biggest Mystery in Physics, Join Two Kinds of Law

Reductionism breaks the world into elementary building blocks. Emergence finds the simple laws that arise out of complexity. These two complementary …

Power in Simplicity: How This Modern Photographer Mastered His Style

Three weeks ago, I was asked by a couple of friends to name my favorite photographers. Normally, this question makes my palms itch and my mind go absolutely blank. On this occasion, however, I was at an advantage—I had just spent an afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston speaking with Karen …

First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how …

‘It's a superpower’: meet the empaths paid to read your mind

They feel your pain as if it were their own – and charge you £200 an hour to do so. Why has empathy become such a prized commodity?<p>It is late on Friday at Piper’s diner in Koreatown, Los Angeles. David Sauvage, a slight 36-year-old man with an arresting stare, is preparing to empathise with me. …

Empathy

Here's Einstein's Advice to His Son on How to Accelerate Learning | Inc.com

Geniuses might be distinguished by their ability to grasp incredible complexity, but that doesn't mean if you somehow managed to corner one the greatest minds in history for a chat you'd be perplexed by what they had to say. According to Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman, the true hallmark of genius …

Genius

Search Results for “critical thinking”

Just as important as learning these helpful tools, however, is unlearning and avoiding the most common pitfalls of common sense. Reminding us of where society is most vulnerable to those, Sagan writes:<p>In addition to teaching us what to do when evaluating a claim to knowledge, any good baloney …

Critical Thinking

Around the world in seven years... on a bike

<b>Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 - and on Saturday he's coming home.</b><p>His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of £5 ($6.40) a day.<p>As he reaches the final leg of his journey home to Derby, Leigh, …

Tom Hanks

Fictional Butterflies Animated as Illuminated GIFs by Vladimir Stankovic | Colossal

<p>Australia-based illustrator Vladimir Stankovic has created several series of GIFs depicting his fantastical portrayal of the natural world, …

Art

Todd Webb’s Photography of New York City Photos

<em>LaSalle at Amsterdam</em>, 1946.<p>For his relative lack of fame, Todd Webb, an American photographer who spent much of the middle of the 20th century documenting the residents and buildings of New York and Paris, had no shortage of well-known friends and colleagues. In his intimate ranks were …

Magic AI: these are the optical illusions that trick, fool, and flummox computers

There’s a scene in William Gibson’s 2010 novel <i>Zero History</i>, in which a character embarking on a high-stakes raid dons what the narrator refers to as the “ugliest T-shirt” in existence — a garment which renders him invisible to CCTV. In Neal Stephenson’s <i>Snow Crash</i>, a bitmap image is used to transmit …

Deep Learning

Physics can predict wealth inequality

The 2016 election year highlighted the growing problem of wealth inequality and finding ways to help the people who are falling behind. This human …

Morgan Freeman

Ask Ethan: Is There Any Such Thing As Pure Energy?

Energy plays a tremendous role, not only in our technology-rich daily lives, but in fundamental physics as well. The chemical energy stored in gasoline gets converted into kinetic energy that propels our vehicles, while the electrical energy from our power planets gets converted into light, heat …

Physics

Minding matter

The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground<i>By Adam Frank</i>Read at Aeon

Quantum Mechanics

Man Spends Four Years Growing a Serene Church Made of Trees

While traveling the world, Barry Cox fell in love with architecture, particularly the design and construction of churches. This fascination inspired him to design a cathedral of his own, except he decided to compose the house of worship entirely out of lush trees. To make this dream a reality, Cox …

Architecture

Christophe Debon: One Of The Best Street Photographers Of Our Time

<b>All Photographs (c) Christophe Debon</b><p>Few photographers (dead or alive) make me jealous. Christophe Debon is an exception. I am terribly jealous of his work, it's damn good. As a street photographer there is lots of competition, but not much that worries me. This work worries me as it gives a whole …

Street Photography

How coal disrupted the world

A short history of black gold — and its power over us.<p>Matthew Boulton was the Steve Jobs of 18th- century England — a visionary entrepreneur with a love of technology and flair for drama. When asked by King George III what he was working on, Boulton announced he was producing “a commodity which is …

Fossil Fuels

Errol Morris: How Typography Shapes Our Perception Of Truth

The acclaimed filmmaker of The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War reveals why he now types all his manuscripts in Baskerville.<p>In 2013, acclaimed filmmaker and author Errol Morris ran a bold experiment. With the collusion of the <i>New York Times</i>, he asked 45,000 readers to take an online test. The test …

Typography

Incredible Double Exposures Merge Wondrous Wild Animals with Stunning Scenery

When Norwegian artist Andreas Lie digitally merges two unique photographs, he is able to create stunning works of art. Lie designs his creations with a double exposure that places captivating scenes from nature within the bodies of wild animals. While the images are brilliantly surreal, they also …

Northern Lights

One Photographer, Two Backpacks, and an Epic Three-Year Journey

In March 2010, photographer Uruma Takezawa left Japan with two backpacks—one on his front and one on his back. More than a thousand days later he returned.<p>Carrying only his clothes, cameras, a computer, a tent, and a sleeping bag, Takezawa set out to create a body of work that celebrates the …

Sacred Meaning of Indigenous Face Paints: 22 Painted Faces That Tell Stories

The reason tribes use face art to transform themselves may be varied. Sometimes they choose to do so as a part of a tribal ritual or at other times …

An Extremely Detailed Coloring Book for Architecture Lovers

Aerial view of a German city—Image via Inhabitat<p>The Internet recently lit up with talk of "<b>coloring books for adults</b>," particularly the fact that two such titles by a Scottish illustrator are currently at the top of Amazon's bestsellers list in the U.S. It may be that they allow grown-ups to …

The 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners announced, in pictures - Telegraph

Teenage James Joyce’s Beautiful Letter to Ibsen, His Great Hero

“We always keep the dearest things to ourselves.”<p>One need only look at the canon of quiet champions behind creative icons to be reminded of how deeply and lastingly a young person setting out on a creative path can be touched by a simple word of encouragement from one of his or her heroes — one of …

Literature

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people<p>Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot is available to buy

Geography

Brain Lapse: beautiful, hand-drawn psychedelic animated short by Jake Fried

“Hand-drawn animation with ink, white-out, coffee and collage.”<p>Brain Lapse by Jake Fried, 2014.<p>Art Prints available here.

Xeni Jardin

Hong Kong Yesterday: The Pearl of the Orient in the 1950s

Construction, 1957<br>Fan Ho / Courtesy Modernbook Gallery<p>1 of 18<p>In the early 1950s, Fan Ho, a 21-year-old writer and film student, began photographing …

Picturing an Imaginary Animal Kingdom

I first saw Simen Johan’s work at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City a couple of years ago.<p>I was totally struck not only by the beauty of the imagery but also by how much it expresses, in a very personal way, ideas about habitat, climate change, critical species, and man’s impact on …

Garry Winogrand: the man who defined street photography

In the decades following the Second World War, Garry Winogrand, a towering figure in the history of street photography, portrayed New York – and the rest of America – in an innovative and widely influential new way<p>During the 1950s and 1960s the photographer Garry Winogrand stalked the sidewalks of</b> …

Let Me Librarian That For You: The NYPL Was Google, Before Google

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Adam and Eve’s heights, the reason why squirrels appear in 18th century English paintings, the therapeutic value of essence of pine needles, and …

Librarianship