The Specious Charms of Love, Heroes, and Advice

One of the more unexpected things you could hear from the mouth of a recent Nobel laureate is, “Look, I don’t want to see heroes around. I believe in a world where there are no heroes.” Yet in his Big Think Interview, these were some of the globally renowned author Orhan Pamuk's concluding remarks.

This view of heroism, as an ideal far beyond even the best of us vanity-plagued beings, is less surprising when you discover the writer’s treatment of love in his new book ("The Museum of Innocence"): as an “almost bad” period in one’s life during which “one part of our minds observes with a bit of sadness and melancholy, thinking that this will not make us happy.”

The Columbia professor also outlined his meticulous methods for writing his novels and offered some great advice to aspiring novelists: "Don't ever listen to either my advice or anyone else's advice. You find your own -- follow your own humors, you will find them. Just work hard and read hard.”

Why Henry David Thoreau was drawn to yoga

The famed author headed to the pond thanks to Indian philosophy.

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Personal Growth
  • The famed author was heavily influenced by Indian literature, informing his decision to self-exile on Walden Pond.
  • He was introduced to these texts by his good friend's father, William Emerson.
  • Yoga philosophy was in America a century before any physical practices were introduced.
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How to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable? Build global partnerships.

Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.

Susan Silbermann, Global President of Pfizer Vaccines, looks on as a health care worker administers a vaccine in Rwanda. Photo: Courtesy of Pfizer.
  • Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
  • Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
  • Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
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Personal Growth
    • A recent study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that 80 percent of Americans don't exercise enough.
    • Small breaks from work add up, causing experts to recommend short doses of movement rather than waiting to do longer workouts.
    • Rethinking what exercise is can help you frame how you move throughout your day.
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