Henry Rollins: America the Selfish
Let's inject a little lifeblood into the 2012 presidential race.
Big Think would like to inject a little lifeblood into the campaign trail. Like his hero, Abraham Lincoln, our candidate is an autodidact with strong convictions and an open mind. A tireless, passionate problem-solver who’s not afraid to ask the tough questions and hash out solutions mano a mano with his fiercest opponents. Most importantly, perhaps, he believes in America’s promise and is mad as hell about the many ways in which our nation has gone off the rails. We’re talking, of course, about Henry Rollins, one-man media industry and former frontman of the hardcore punk band, Black Flag.
Harvard psychologists discover why we dislike the people who deliver bad news.
- A new study looked at why people tend to "shoot the messenger".
- It's a fact that people don't like those who deliver them bad news.
- The effect stems from our inherent need to make sense of bad or unpredictable situations.
He reminds us that meaning is wherever we choose to look.
- Alan Watts suggests there is no ultimate meaning of life, but that "the quality of our state of mind" defines meaning for us.
- This is in contradiction to the notion that an inner essence is waiting to be discovered.
- Paying attention to everyday, mundane objects can become highly significant, filling life with meaning.
If life exists on Mars, there's a good chance it's related to us, say researchers.
When MIT research scientist Christopher Carr visited a green sand beach in Hawaii at the age of 9, he probably didn't think that he'd use the little olivine crystals beneath his feet to one day search for extraterrestrial life.
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