Salvador Dali was an interesting person. Here are a few of the many reasons why
- he believed he was the reincarnation of his dead brother, because his parents took five-year-old Dali to his brother’s grave and informed Dali he was
- from a young age he had a bizarre habit of attacking without provocation, because (he claimed) pain and pleasure were the same thing
- Dali once sold an expensive painting by claiming the paint was mixed with a million wasps’ venom
- he was creepily obsessed with Hitler. Just go to the original source, I do not want to give details on this one
- Dali had an open marriage, and by all accounts a loving and happy one, with his wife Gala
There are a million reasons why this is the man I would choose to see if I could have coffee with any person dead or alive.
I actually believe artists and scientists think very similarly. Complex, abstract thought? They both have that down. It’s all about where that thinking takes you after that.
Words cannot describe how much I love this post.
If only she worked as a scientist instead of making her money acting… Be much easier to look at her as a scientist then. I take some real issue with the actors that talk up sciences that that got degrees in and yet don’t work in the field but are telling others that they should. That’s great now come be like all us other lowly underpaid, under appreciated scientists and do it as your career instead of just telling others that they should. Believe me the little girls think of acting as careers when they look at you not oh they are scientists I want to do that. I know I’ve listened to it doing outreach with grade school girls. It’s confusing to them and not sending as good a message as it could be.
A quick Google search turns up a couple sources on why she chose TV over research:
"The thing with that kind of neuroscience is that if you’re not doing a post-doc and currently doing research, it very quickly becomes a not-current degree. At some point, I could teach at a community college level. But very quickly the information in neuroscience outclasses your degree if you don’t stay very current.
“I did my undergraduate degree in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, and at that point there wasn’t acting stuff going on. I thought I’d want to be a professor. I thought I’d do a research professorship after my doctorate. But once I got married and started making parenting decisions, that’s when I realized that the general lifestyle of a research professor wouldn’t be compatible with nursing on demand and being with my kids all day. I wanted to finish my degree because I valued the research I did and cared about the syndrome I worked with, but felt it wouldn’t necessarily be compatible with my lifestyle especially because of our parenting.”
There’s also this more-recent interview.
I know these aren’t the greatest of sources, but they still answer the question fairly well. I can’t say I necessarily agree with her choices (she didn’t vaccinate her kids?!), but in the end, it’s her choice, and hopefully an informed one. Her research contributed to the literature on the syndrome she studied. How much commitment is enough?
This is really a response to the comment made by nikzstar.
I really like Mayim Bialik and for me she’s passionate about what she likes and believes. I wrote a small post about her in my personal blog here about this. She chose to follow science because she had a real interest in it and considered becoming a research professor but she loved teaching AND acting. She chose acting because that was one of her passions, and it also allowed her to lead the family life she wanted.
Why can’t she have more than one interest? It’ll be her acting that gets others interested in science and what’s the problem with that? Just because you’re an actor doesn’t mean you’re only an actor, just like a scientist isn’t only a scientist - they have personal lives and interests. I also don’t see her telling people to become scientists but her enthusiasm will encourage others to do just that.
For me she’s a women who did want she wanted and in the end managed to combine two of her passions - how many people can say that they’ve achieved that?!
Dedicated supporters staged a 15 hour sit-in until the early this morning, when the measure passed the Alaska Senate on an 18-2 vote.
“Our language is everything. It’s the air we breathe. It’s the blood that flows through our veins,” said Lance Twitchell, a professor of Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast
HB 216 would add the state’s indigenous languages to a statute created by a 1998 voter initiative, which made English the official language of Alaska. While the bill is largely symbolic, Twitchell said it’s important to recognize all languages as equal.
“That’s all we want is equal value,” he said. “And there’s nothing wrong with standing up and saying that. It takes a lot of courage to do that. And it takes a lot of something else to try and go against that.”
Many elders who attended the sit-in recalled being punished as children for speaking their first languages. Irene Cadiente of Juneau said her teachers would hit her with a ruler when they caught her speaking Tlingit.
anatomical collagesoriginal vintage illustrations combined with images of plants, insects, animals, human anatomy, and religious figures, where individual elements fit together like pieces in a puzzle. Inspired by the history of the curiosity cabinet, the Victorian concept of momento mori, and Christian iconography and ritual,
Archaeologists Find Ancient Puppy Paw Prints on Roman Tiles
“The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England.
"They are beautiful finds, as they represent a snapshot, a single moment in history," said Nick Daffern, a senior project manager with Wardell Armstrong Archaeology. "It is lovely to imagine some irate person chasing a dog or some other animal away from their freshly made tiles."
or, Why Wings Probably Really Evolved
- Controlled Falls: Winged dinosaurs were predators, and would have chased or ambushed prey. Wings would allow them to better control pounces and leaps, as well as slow falls from high places that might otherwise injure them.
- Wing-Assisted Incline Running: Wings can be used by their owners to help them climb steep hills or tree trunks.
- Mantling: Seen in birds of prey even today, wings are useful for hiding prey items from opportunistic passersby who might steal them. Also useful for hiding vulnerable offspring from sight.
- Camouflage: Wings can have intricate patterning that help their owners blend into the background, and also help break up their silhouette- particularly important if your predators have poor color vision, like mammals (and mammals were around long before dinosaurs!).
- Secondary Sexual Characteristic: Glossy, healthy, bright wings and other feathery appendages are indicators of good health, desirable in mates. It’s an honest signal to females that the male is in good condition and can pass those genes on to the offspring.
- Ritualization: The same sexual characteristics can also settle disputes between competing males (or females, if the sexual roles are reversed) without violence. An individual can visually determine if he has a chance in a fight with his opponent without ever fighting. It increases the fitness of both parties.
- Deimatic Behavior: This is defensive behavior, or a startle response. Wings can make a bird (or dinosaur) look much larger than they are, and bright colors and bold patterns can startle a predator and deter the attack.
Every kid loves a flipbook. It’s magic, at first sight, the way flipbooks bring sketches to life one frame at a time. But, horribly, flipbooks might also represent one of the first of many disappointments in a kid’s life: Pages run out, the animation stops dead.
Now, artist Juan Fontanive has discovered the equivalent of flipbook immortality, or maybe the fountain of flipbook youth.