insight into insanity

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Happy Earth Day, in honor of our blue planet, not green. Also a good day for everyone to remember, that science and technology achievements produce higher environmental protection, not vice versa, so more wealth imply more innovation and makes possible a greater investment in cleaner energies. Therefore, something that a lot of people tend to ignore, economic growth and ecological improvement go together, not confronted.
Also a great day to begin to read The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley who inspired my previous words.

scienceisbeauty:

Happy Earth Day, in honor of our blue planet, not green. Also a good day for everyone to remember, that science and technology achievements produce higher environmental protection, not vice versa, so more wealth imply more innovation and makes possible a greater investment in cleaner energies. Therefore, something that a lot of people tend to ignore, economic growth and ecological improvement go together, not confronted.

Also a great day to begin to read The Rational Optimist, by Matt Ridley who inspired my previous words.

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foundbysara:

taktophoto:

Interlocked Coins Form Complex Geometric Sculptures

Oh my word. These are stunning.

I don’t know—just the fact of *real, tangible, everyday objects* being turned into something so elegant and mathematically precise—it sings to me.

(Source: mymodernmet.com, via renaisanceman)

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calliopesmuse:

glencocobro:

sizvideos:

Watch Honey Maid’s awesome answer about the backlash they received 

so powerful

This is beautiful and perfect and EXACTLY as the world should be.

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As a species, humans manifest a quality called neoteny, the retention of juvenile characteristics into adulthood. Neoteny has physical ramifications—scarce body hair and a flat face are two examples—but it also has neurological ones. Namely, we have an extraordinary capacity to continue learning throughout life. If neoteny helps to explain our ability to learn, researchers are now figuring out what drives us to take advantage of it. In 2008, a group of scientists set up a novel fMRI study. When a sub­ject’s curiosity was piqued by a question (“What is the only country in the world that has a bill of rights for cows?” for instance), certain regions of the brain lit up. Those areas, known collectively as the basal ganglia, correspond to the brain’s reward centers—the same ones that govern our desire for sex or chocolate or total domination in Call of Duty 4. When people say they have an itch to figure something out, they’re not speaking metaphorically. They’re looking to get high on information. Curiosity, then, is not some romantic quality. It is an adaptive response. Humans may not be the fastest or strongest creatures, but through the blind luck of evolution, we developed the desire and capacity to continually update our understanding of the world. And that has allowed us to master it—or get darn close. Call it the biological basis for being a nerd.