"The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." - A. Bartlett Giamatti
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart." In his essay, "The Green Fields of the Mind," the late Commissioner of Major League Baseball and Yale president A. Bartlett Giamatti added a poetic touch to a simple observation about the schedule of the baseball season and the cycle of nature:
How can the ethics of compromise and confrontation, as practiced in Washington, be improved?
“What we’re seeing here, this guy is the Leonardo da Vinci—the Albert Einstein—of tennis.”
"To watch Federer this summer is to listen to an opera singer who can no longer hit the high notes," Greg Bishop observed in The New York Times. Roger Federer, who many consider to be the greatest player of all time, had just lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, his earliest exit in 10 years.
The scientific mindset, Steven Pinker argues, is "indispensable in all areas of human concern, including politics, the arts, and the search for meaning, purpose, and morality."
Steven Pinker has caused quite a stir with his appropriation of the word "scientism," which he says is "more of a boo-word than a label for any coherent doctrine."
From 2011-2014, Daniel Honan was the Managing Editor at Big Think. Prior to Big Think, Daniel was Vice President of Production for Plum TV, a niche cable network he helped launch in 2002. The production team he oversaw won over two dozen Emmy awards. Daniel has created numerous shows and documentaries for television, and his film credits include Stealing the Fire, a documentary on the black market for nuclear weapons technology.
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