What is your question?

Question: Whom would you interview and what would you ask?

Armitage:    I would have interviewed, I think, the previous Pontiff.  I met him on two occasions.  I was in awe.  I never met a man who had a more kindly face or more piercing eyes.  He would be one.  Mother Teresa would be another.  And I personally would have loved to meet Teddy Roosevelt.  I think I would ask them about their spirituality first of all.  And Mr. Roosevelt particularly, I would ask about his ability after he left office to risk life and limb in exploring the Amazon, which is little known about him.  But just a fabulous saga in the story of one of the great American presidents.

Question: What should we be asking ourselves?

Armitage:    You know I don’t know.  These are all personal matters.  I think if you’re a father and a husband, are you as good as you could possibly be?  I know one day my daughter . . . my second daughter said to me, “Dad, no one ever wished that their tombstone said ‘I wish I had spent another day at the office.’”  So I think that really struck me.  I’ve never forgotten it, and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret her having said that to me, or the truth of her comments.  So I think we all need to try to put a little balance in our life, and ask ourselves have we got that balance.

Are you striking a healthy balance?

The 4 types of thinking talents: Analytic, procedural, relational and innovative

Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.

Big Think Edge
  • Learn to collaborate within a team and identify "thinking talent" surpluses – and shortages.
  • Angie McArthur teaches intelligent collaboration for Big Think Edge.
  • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Keep reading Show less

Horseshoe crabs are drained for their blue blood. That practice will soon be over.

The blood of horseshoe crabs is harvested on a massive scale in order to retrieve a cell critical to medical research. However, recent innovations might make this practice obsolete.

Credit: Business Insider (video)
Surprising Science
  • Horseshoe crabs' blue blood is so valuable that a quart of it can be sold for $15,000.
  • This is because it contains a molecule that is crucial to the medical research community.
  • Today, however, new innovations have resulted in a synthetic substitute that may end the practice of farming horseshoe crabs for their blood.
Keep reading Show less

Do you have a self-actualized personality? Maslow revisited

Rediscovering the principles of self-actualisation might be just the tonic that the modern world is crying out for.

Personal Growth

Abraham Maslow was the 20th-century American psychologist best-known for explaining motivation through his hierarchy of needs, which he represented in a pyramid. At the base, our physiological needs include food, water, warmth and rest.

Keep reading Show less