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Snoozers Are, in Fact, Losers

newyorker:

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Maria Konnikova explains why hitting the snooze button actually makes the wake-up process more difficult: http://nyr.kr/1buGCgH

“If you manage to drift off again, you are likely plunging your brain back into the beginning of the sleep cycle, which is the worst point to be woken up—and the harder we feel it is for us to wake up, the worse we think we’ve slept.”

Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty.

(Source: newyorker.com, via emergentfutures)

nprfreshair:

Beyoncé's super secret album just dropped this morning, causing quite a stir. In one of the songs, “Flawless” she samples Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TEDx talk on feminism. In the song she says:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller

We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much

You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man

Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage

I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important

A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support

But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?

We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments,

Which I think can be a good thing

But for the attention of men

We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are

Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.

If you haven’t yet, check out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s interview on Fresh Air for her newest book Americanah. The book also made the NPR best list for 2013.

Added bonus: book critic Maureen Corrigan’s review of the book.

theclearlydope:

In my mind he says “Acting” in a British accent. 
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theclearlydope:

In my mind he says “Acting” in a British accent. 

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emergentfutures:

You will be shocked at how ignorant Americans are


What Americans don’t know and don’t understand is an obstacle to progress

 a new Pew study of the distribution of American news consumption is just as flabbergasting.

Paul Higgins: Now I love going to the US and know many fine Americans but their news and political systems do amaze me

Full Story: Salon

emergentfutures:

You will be shocked at how ignorant Americans are

What Americans don’t know and don’t understand is an obstacle to progress

 a new Pew study of the distribution of American news consumption is just as flabbergasting.

Paul Higgins: Now I love going to the US and know many fine Americans but their news and political systems do amaze me

Full Story: Salon

jtotheizzoe:

ucresearch:

Happy Birthday Carl!


He would have been 79 today.

Carl Sagan was one of the first Miller Fellows at UC Berkeley back in 1960.  The program is designed to help young visionaries launch their careers in research. 

The GIFS above are from an animated version of Carl Sagan’s famed ‘Pale Blue Dot’ monologue.

A particularly brilliant and inspiring organized assortment of stardust, he was.

Happy birthday Carl. We miss you, but you live on in your words and our minds.

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. Carl Sagan (via cabinet-de-curiosites)

(Source: jennanicole, via ourbreathinwinter)

ombuddha:

When a simpleton abused him, Lord Buddha listened to him in silence, but when the man had finished, the Buddha asked him, ‘Son, if a man declined to accept a present offered to him, to whom would it belong?’ The man answered ‘To him who offered it.’ ‘My son’, Buddha said, ‘I decline to accept your abuse. Keep it for yourself.’
The Buddha.
Photo by jonesmonster.

ombuddha:

When a simpleton abused him, Lord Buddha listened to him in silence, but when the man had finished, the Buddha asked him, ‘Son, if a man declined to accept a present offered to him, to whom would it belong?’ The man answered ‘To him who offered it.’ ‘My son’, Buddha said, ‘I decline to accept your abuse. Keep it for yourself.’

The Buddha.

Photo by jonesmonster.

I’ve never been lonely. I’ve been in a room — I’ve felt suicidal. I’ve been depressed. I’ve felt awful — awful beyond all — but I never felt that one other person could enter that room and cure what was bothering me…or that any number of people could enter that room. In other words, loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude. It’s being at a party, or at a stadium full of people cheering for something, that I might feel loneliness. Charles Bukowski (via cityyandcolour)

(via ourbreathinwinter)