A Stimulating History
Rarely has so much buzz surrounded a Big Think guest. It was our pleasure today to have historian of technology Dr. Rachel Maines in to discuss her bestselling 1999 volume, "The Technology of Orgasm: 'Hysteria,' Vibrators and Women's Sexual Satisfaction," as well as her participation in a recent New York Psychoanalytic Institute roundtable on "Love and Pleasure in the Age of Electricity."
Upbeat and good-humored, Dr. Maines also discussed her new book on "Hedonizing Technologies"—that is, the technologies that have turned formerly productive tasks like hunting and gardening into leisure activities. Her interview will be posted in January.
- Some are concerned about the proliferation of space debris in Earth's orbit.
Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.
Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
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