‘Lodestar’: Who is the anonymous author of the bombshell NYT op-ed?

The New York Times published an opinion column written by an anonymous “senior official in the Trump administration,” a rare move that's sparked theories as to who the author might be.

Lodestar. Treason. Sleeper cells.

These are just a few of the terms being tossed around a day after the New York Times published an opinion column written by an anonymous “senior official in the Trump administration.” The unsigned author claimed to be part of a secret “resistance,” operating inside and around the White House, that’s protecting the nation from the president’s “more misguided impulses.”

“It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room,” the author wrote. “We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”

The column reportedly elicited “volcanic anger” from President Donald Trump, who responded on Wednesday with a one-word tweet: “TREASON?”

The Failing New York Times! pic.twitter.com/SHsXvYKpBf

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018

What makes someone gay? Science is trying to get it straight.

Evolutionarily speaking, being gay is still something of an enigma

  • Heterosexual people have been less interesting to scientists than gay people, in terms of where they come from, because, evolutionarily speaking, being gay doesn't lead to a higher "higher reproductive fitness" — meaning, it doesn't lead to more babies.
  • Across cultures, gay boys tend to be more interested in spending time with their mothers.
  • We still don't really know why gay people are attracted to each other.

Study: Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's and dementia

The part of your brain responsible for ASMR catalogs music, and appears to be a stronghold against Alzheimer's and dementia.

The parts of the brain highlighted in red and yellow are thought to control your sense of attention and memory. (image c/o Brain Network Lab)

Some music inspires you to move your feet, some inspires you to get out there and change the world. In any case, and to move hurriedly on to the point of this article, it's fair to say that music moves people in special ways. 

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Misbehaving: being clever and wicked is a form of creativity

Creativity can bring about unchecked harm, but it's up to us how we wield it.Aeon counter – do not remove

Mind & Brain

Suppose you forgot it was your partner's birthday, but you know that they would appreciate the smallest of gestures, say a bouquet. It's late at night and no florists are open. The cemetery on your way home has recently had a funeral, and you walk across the site and pick up a good-looking bouquet of roses from someone's grave. You then head home, and the flowers are happily received by your partner.

Would you say that you hurt anyone?

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