Becoming Stephen Fry
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.
These five main food groups are important for your brain's health and likely to boost the production of feel-good chemicals.
We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.
Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.
For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.
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