A good mix of inspirational, research-y, and learning stuff this week.
Patti Neighmond: can you reshape your brain’s response to pain? NPR
Zaria Gorvett explores how modern life is transforming the human skeleton. BBC
Mike MacEacheran looks at what unicorns mean to Scottish identity. BBC
Johny Pitts’ Afropean captures the experience of black women in Europe. Refinery29
Phoebe Wood debunks eight myths about bisexuals/pansexuals (and their representation) in honour of Pride Month.
Cara Anna reports that Botswana decriminalized gay sex in a landmark case. “More than two dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing gay sex, often holdovers from colonial times.” AP
ASAP Science wants to find out what would happen if we burned all our garbage.
Andrew Freedman writes a special report on our plastic planet. Axios
Rachel Love Nuwer considers the planet’s other imperiled elephants. In his book, Giants of the Monsoon Forest, Jacob Shell explores the ancient, mutually beneficial alliance between Asian elephants and their human neighbors. UnDark
Because tardigrades. Thomas Boothby, TED-Ed.
I hope something here got your mental corn popping.
Until next tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
I hope something in this grab bag gets your mental corn popping! On with the thoughty!
Heather MacDougall explores the pagan roots of Easter. The Guardian
Zdravko Cvijetic lists thirteen things you need to give up if you want to be successful. Medium
George Monbiot: neolibralism encourages loneliness and that’s wrenching society apart. [Mel’s note: this introvert says being alone is not necessarily lonely. Keep the distinction in mind as you read.] The Guardian
For balance: Michael Harris promotes the benefits of solitude. The Walrus
Alice Klein reports that creative people see and process the world differently. New Scientist
Tracy Moore says, we have to talk about women who regret having children. Jezebel
Kat Chow: the “model minority” myth is again used to drive a wedge between Asians and blacks. NPR
Itai Palti thinks that the next industrial revolution will be driven by human creativity, not machines. We can always hope. Quartz
D.T. Max reviews how humans have shaped our evolution. National Geographic
Why are you so tired? ASAP Science
Following up on last week’s postmodernist post, have a look at an animated introduction to Roland Barthes’ Mythologies. Learn how to deconstruct popular culture. Open Culture
Carol Off interviews biologist David George Haskell about the songs of the trees. CBC
April 22 was Earth Day, so here are some topical posts:
See you on the weekend. Be well until then.