You Don't Have to Be a Victim of Circumstance

Wendy Luhabe explains how her mother, who refused to be a victim of circumstance, is the person who gave her a passion for mentorship.

You Don't Have to Be a Victim of Circumstance

Wendy Luhabe grew up under Apartheid in South Africa, and when she was ten years old, her parents got divorced. While most children report painful feelings about their parents’ separation, Luhabe says her mother became her role model. 


"I really admired the courage that she had to walk away from a marriage and to go and start a completely new life with children as a single mother," Luhabe tells Big Think. Luhabe's mother was an inspiration to her because "she taught me at a very early age that it’s possible to achieve what you set yourself out to achieve as a person, not just as a woman."

In the video below, Luhabe, a social entrepreneur who is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women in South Africa, explains how her mother is the person who gave her a passion for mentorship. "She chose to take responsibility for herself and her family and to pursue her own life rather than remain a victim of circumstance," Luhabe says. 

Watch here:

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

U.S. Navy controls inventions that claim to change "fabric of reality"

Inventions with revolutionary potential made by a mysterious aerospace engineer for the U.S. Navy come to light.

U.S. Navy ships

Credit: Getty Images
Surprising Science
  • U.S. Navy holds patents for enigmatic inventions by aerospace engineer Dr. Salvatore Pais.
  • Pais came up with technology that can "engineer" reality, devising an ultrafast craft, a fusion reactor, and more.
  • While mostly theoretical at this point, the inventions could transform energy, space, and military sectors.
Keep reading Show less

Are we in an AI summer or AI winter?

Neither. We are entering an AI autumn.

Credit: Jesse Chan via Unsplash
13-8
  • The history of AI shows boom periods (AI summers) followed by busts (AI winters).
  • The cyclical nature of AI funding is due to hype and promises not fulfilling expectations.
  • This time, we might enter something resembling an AI autumn rather than an AI winter, but fundamental questions remain if true AI is even possible.
Keep reading Show less

How WallStreetBets “hype” spreads among investors like a virus

A new study explores how investors' behavior is affected by participating in online communities, like Reddit's WallStreetBets.

WallStreetBets reddit page

Rafael Henrique via Adobe Stock
Mind & Brain
  • The study found evidence that "hype" over assets is psychologically contagious among investors in online communities.
  • This hype is self-perpetuating: A small group of investors hypes an asset, bringing in new investors, until growth becomes unsteady and a price crash ensues.
  • The researchers suggested that these new kinds of self-organized, social media-driven investment behaviors are unlikely to disappear anytime soon.
Keep reading Show less
Strange Maps

The ‘Lost Forty’: how a mapping error preserved an old-growth forest

A 19th-century surveying mistake kept lumberjacks away from what is now Minnesota's largest patch of old-growth trees.

Quantcast