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.”
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Here are 7 often-overlooked World Heritage Sites, each with its own history.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites are locations of high value to humanity, either for their cultural, historical, or natural significance.
- Some are even designated as World Heritage Sites because humans don't go there at all, while others have felt the effects of too much human influence.
- These 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites each represent an overlooked or at-risk facet of humanity's collective cultural heritage.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.
- Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
- Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
- The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
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