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Art Is a Tool for Reorganizing Our Lives: A Conversation With Cognitive Philosopher Alva Noë

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“What is art? Why is it so important?” In his new work, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, cognitive philosopher Alva Noë works to rescue art and aesthetic experience from merely cultural or reductively biological explanations, suggesting instead that art is both “an evolved expression of human nature” and “a broad capacity to participate in a whole suite of culturally beholden responses and evaluative attitudes.”
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Inspiring Illustrations of Awesome Female Scientists

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Recently, the frustrations of women everywhere regarding toymakers who create girl and boy-specific playthings (in shades of pink or blue, of course) were voiced in a viral ad created by company GoldieBlox — which designs toys to develop interest in engineering, math, and science. In their video “Girls,” which riffed on the famous Beastie Boys song, they demanded a range of toys for girls interested in typically “boy” things. And remember that misstep by Mattel with their computer engineer Barbie? The doll had the right props, but the accompanying book had some issues. Thankfully there are companies like Lego, which creates a few female science-based minifigs.
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Astounding Carl Sagan Quotes About the Wonders of the Cosmos

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Intrepid astronomer and science advocate Carl Sagan envisioned society’s potential as peaceful, compassionate, curious, awe-inspired, and, yes, even skeptical. In his PBS series Cosmos, Sagan explored a rarely talked-about perspective regarding our place in the vast universe, bringing mind-bending concepts about life and space to popular culture. In honor of the science writer’s cosmic legacy — this weekend marked what would have been Sagan’s 80th birthday — we’re looking back on several thought-provoking quotes about our planet and …Read More