British comedian Stephen Fry is best known for his work as an actor, writer and, more recently, a new media aficionado, with some million-plus Twitter followers eagerly awaiting his every digital dispatch. But Fry's body of work is staggering. The short version: He's directed two documentaries, hosted one of the most popular British television shows ever, penned a popular tech column, written four books, starred in a stream of major sitcoms and movies, and managed to have a successful radio show. With most of these pursuits already well-documented, his Big Think sit-down centered around the ideas and experiences that made him who he is.
Along with identifying the writers and philosophers that have influenced him, Fry spoke about the value of assuming that there is no afterlife. He also spoke about how Oscar Wilde has been a tremendous influence in his life and named a few of his other heroes.
Finally, Fry offered plenty of advice for his fans: don't sell out, and do encourage "the lubricant" of laughter for a happy family. His quip about the punishing nature of an eternity with one's family was lost on a Mormon tour guide in Salt Lake City.
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A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.
- A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
- Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
- The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
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