Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright
With all the sturm und drang about Tiger Woods and (his) infidelity, it might be worth remembering William Blake's celebrated poem, The Tyger. The poem has nothing to do with infidelity, or golf, but it has something to do with ambition, and seduction—two key ingredients in most cases of adultery. While Blake was making a serious, Christological point, it's interesting to read the poem through the (comparatively) banal lens of today's tabloid news.
The Tyger describes something at once beautiful and terrifying, something sublime. It addresses the question we all ask at some point--in regard to ourselves, our spouses, our planet: how did this happen?
-- William Blake, 1757-1827
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
- The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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