Don't Be Afraid to Cross Societal Borders
Words of wisdom from Sherman Alexie: "I don't know what any individual should do about crossing her own borders. I only know that I live a happier, more adventurous life, by crossing borders."
Sherman Alexie (b. 1966) is an American writer and poet who has been one of the leading voices in the Native American arts community the better part of two decades. Author of books such as The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Reservation Blues, and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Alexie draws from his experience growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in eastern Washington state. Alexie's works often explore themes of despair, poverty, violence, and alcoholism among the lives of Native American people, both on and off the reservation.
Alexie is the source of today's Words of Wisdom. The following quote demonstrates his advocacy for societal exploration. Not everyone is made to go out and be adventurous, but it certainly worked for him:
"I don't know what any individual should do about crossing her own borders. I only know that I live a happier, more adventurous life, by crossing borders."
Alexie is also one of our many Big Think experts, having participated in several Big Think interviews in 2009. Here's one of our favorites, in which he explains that he doesn't have favorite authors, only favorite ideas:
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
New computing theory allows artificial intelligences to store memories.
- To become autonomous, robots need to perceive the world around them and move at the same time.
- Researchers create a theory of hyperdimensional computing to help store robot movement in high-dimensional vectors.
- This improvement in perception will allow artificial intelligences to create memories.
If you don't want to know anything about your death, consider this your spoiler warning.
- For centuries cultures have personified death to give this terrifying mystery a familiar face.
- Modern science has demystified death by divulging its biological processes, yet many questions remain.
- Studying death is not meant to be a morbid reminder of a cruel fate, but a way to improve the lives of the living.
Riots may ensue as more poor Americans recognize their "miserable" long-term prospects.
- How bad is wealth inequality in the United States? About 1 percent of Americans hold 80 percent of the money.
- In the United States, the correlation between the income of parents and the income of their children when they grow up is higher than in any other country in the world.
- One of the big underlying reasons for poverty is receiving a crummy education, which in turn leads to crummy jobs. When people recognize their miserable long-term prospects, they are more likely to partake in riots.
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