How to Make an iSmoothie
David Berreby is the author of "Us and Them: The Science of Identity." He has written about human behavior and other science topics for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Smithsonian, The New Republic, Nature, Discover, Vogue and many other publications. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Paris, a Science Writing Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, a resident at Yaddo, and in 2006 was awarded the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship for the first edition of "Us and Them." David can be found on Twitter at @davidberreby and reached by email at david [at] davidberreby [dot] com.
Iphone meets blender. Blender wins. Story of all our lives, isn't it? I mean, given that we're all heading for an inevitable blending of our constituent atoms with the universe's flotsam and jetsam.
I guess that's why this video seems sad to me, as well as funny. It's a reminder of a truth, call it "ashes to ashes" or call it entropy, on which religion and science agree: Everything in universe, including us and our creations, is bound to fall apart. Atoms have been carpentered together into amazing constructions (bodies, cathedrals, computers) but the carpenters' pins and glues can't last. We and all our beautiful stuff were made out of "the lumber of the world," and eventually all of it is going back to that scrap heap. Why give entropy a hand? It will win soon enough. Why ruin a tool that other people could have used? Nobody needs more toxic dust, but the majority of human beings have never made a phone call.
On the other hand, it is kind of funny, and weirdly fascinating. Probably effective at selling this company's brand, too. Anyway, here it is: The iPhone smoothie. Silly video or symptom of late-imperial decadence? I can't decide.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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