Want to Learn a Thing or Two?
Then you'll want to learn from Bill Brown, professor of English and the visual arts at the University of Chicago and the creator of "thing theory." What is thing theory? What separates a thing that's worthy of study from a thing that isn't? And if you understand both thing theory and string theory, do you understand the whole universe? Brown covers all these questions, plus a few others, in his Big Think interview.
At the end of the interview we couldn't help asking Brown about a few of his favorite things. Surprisingly, he doesn't have many—and wonders whether his inability to become attached to material objects might have been what got him into thing theory in the first place.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
The controversy over whether Jesus had any siblings is reignited after an amazing new discovery of an ancient text.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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