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Tom Otterness on how 9/11 Changed New York Art

Tom Otterness: Oh, I think it affected us all here. I mean, we were downtown when that was going on. I was across in Brooklyn. I could see the towers burning from where I was in Dumbo, and I couldn’t watch for long. I mean, you could quickly figure out what was happening and it felt immoral somehow to watch it like that. I don’t know what effect that has. It was a kind of science fiction moment, I think, for us in the city to see 42nd Street completely abandoned. It was like those ‘50s science fiction movies where all of New York has no cars and, you know, there was no food and you walked all the way up and, yeah, it was a strange thing. America has never had war on its soil and so I think it is the first example that, you know, to have what that feels like to have that brought home. I don’t know. It’s, again, one of these things that sort of impossible to make sense of or to resolve or say, oh, how or what effect does it have except, you know, it’s a big effect on us all. It is the solution to come out of it with some sense of humor in it and it’s fortunate for me that my humor is black so that it can incorporate this thing. I always, I think my parents, my mom came out of farm, farmer. It’s sort of a farmer’s black humor. I think I got it from my uncle’s, you know. If the weather is really bad or terrible things happens that’s what’s funny, I mean, so there is a kind of melding of those things and it gets you through.

9/11, says Tom Otterness, was like science fiction.

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Women who go to church have more kids—and more help

Want help raising your kids? Spend more time at church, says new study.

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Culture & Religion
  • Religious people tend to have more children than secular people, but why remains unknown.
  • A new study suggests that the social circles provided by regular church going make raising kids easier.
  • Conversely, having a large secular social group made women less likely to have children.
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Bubonic plague case reported in China

Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.

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  • The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
  • Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
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Masturbation boosts your immune system, helping you fight off infection and illness

Can an orgasm a day really keep the doctor away?

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  • Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level.
  • The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system.
  • Just as bad habits can slow your immune system, positive habits (such as a healthy sleep schedule and active sex life) can help boost your immune system which can prevent you from becoming sick.
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Education vs. learning: How semantics can trigger a mind shift

The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.

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  • The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
  • Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
  • Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
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