Augusten Burroughs, Take Two
Augusten Burroughs, author of the bestselling memoirs "Running with Scissors" and "A Wolf at the Table," as well as the new holiday-themed "You Better Not Cry," returned to Big Think this week for a second candid conversation.
In his previous appearance, Burroughs reflected on the art of memoir, weighed in on the Oprah Effect on American literature, and recounted the battle with severe alcoholism that began when he was age thirteen:
Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.
- Time may not be passing at all, says the Block Universe Theory.
- Time travel may be possible.
- Your perception of time is likely relative to you and limited.
From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.
- Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
- But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
- Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter suggests Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar. It didn't work, though.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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