Have you ever wondered what's on the other side of the rainbow?
This video reveals a stunning full rainbow in its entirety from many stories up.
Rainbows — they brighten up the day. Now we just need to find out which side contains the pot of gold.
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.Carl Sagan, from the Cosmos episode “The Persistence of Memory”
To be in your own thoughts — language, like headphones, delivers a sense of privacy.
Of course, no thinking is linear. Neurons are always crashing into each other, trying to connect and build new avenues of ideas.
The whole of brain waves is greater than the sum of its parts.
But knowledge presents a key constraint in the gobbling of information — it requires a dishwasher of synthesis to make even more sense of the apparent world.
What’s most dizzying is experiencing nothing. Whatever your neurons are up to this very moment determines what you do next.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…Rudyard Kipling, “If”
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting…
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim…
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you…
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.
This video of a chimpanzee scrolling through Instagram is eye-opening.
Touch is intuitive, the candy-colored screen all too addicting. Generation thumbs transcend humans.
We control the world basically because we are the only animals that can cooperate flexibly in very large numbers. And if you examine any large-scale human cooperation, you will always find that it is based on some fiction like the nation, like money, like human rights. These are all things that do not exist objectively, but they exist only in the stories that we tell and that we spread around. This is something very unique to us, perhaps the most unique feature of our species.
You can never, for example, convince a chimpanzee to do something for you by promising that, “Look, after you die, you will go to chimpanzee heaven and there you will receive lots and lots of bananas for your good deeds here on earth, so now do what I tell you to do.”
But humans do believe such stories and this is the basic reason why we control the world whereas chimpanzees are locked up in zoos and research laboratories.Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
How neat is this: Watch thousands of Shaolin kung fu students give a synchronized Kung Fu display from space.
The film sequence is part of BBC's new Earth from Space series.