lorywidmerhess , to random
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A Human Universe: Wrapup of the project, a year of reading Ursula K. Le Guin's Haininsh novels and stories.


NickEast , to humour
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Good times were had by all... 😂


passamezzo , to earlymodern
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Six of the Clocke.
A description of the minutiae of daily life in early modern England.
From Nicholas Breton's Fantasticks, 1626.

Image: detail from 'Death and the rich man', Monogrammist AI, 1553.


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Your Brain Is A Time Machine

A neuroscientist investigates how the architecture of the human brain shapes our understanding of the nature of time.

"Time" is the most common noun in the English language, yet philosophers and scientists don't agree about what time actually is or how to define it. Perhaps this is because the brain—the most complex dynamical system in the known universe—tells, represents, and perceives time in multiple ways.


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  • SteveMcCarty , to histodons
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    Deeper and deeper into and people, I went into the Imperial Palace for a special performance of (雅楽), imperial court and of mainland origin that have been performed there since the Heian Period over a thousand years ago. An acquaintance who is a Shintō priestess (see photo) from Nara played two types of traditional flutes that sustain an eerie or higher-worldly atmosphere. The relatively slow and deliberate movements of the mostly male dancers in many-layered gorgeous contumes stand in contrast with the frenetic tempo of modern . We experience as the pace of transformation, and that brief time transfixed with the Gagaku performance was but an interlude from an ancient era in a workday preparing for university classes and a keynote address. Photos will have to suffice to evoke the special atmosphere.

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    Gagaku performance
    The author with a Shintō priestess acquaintance, and other Gagaku performers in the background
    Another Gagaku scene

    appassionato , to bookstodon
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    On the Origin of Time: Stephen Hawking's Final Theory

    Perhaps the biggest question Stephen Hawking tried to answer in his extraordinary life was how the universe could have created conditions so perfectly hospitable to life.


    passamezzo , to earlymodern
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    Nicholas Breton: Four of the Clocke - a detailed description of life through the day in England From Fantasticks, 1626
    Read by Peter Kenny


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    krishnadeltoso , to philosophy
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    When I read articles like the one I'm sharing here, my first reaction is to wonder: does really exist? Seriously! What we seem to observe is a change of states, and change appears to fit more appropriately within the category of motion (both qualitative and quantitative) rather than of time. Therefore, how do we (philosophically) establish time beyond any reasonable doubt?



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