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Life & Philosophy

The hunt for lost desires

We humans hunt for desires, only to realize that chasing the same materials leaves us feeling empty.

Consuming in a desultory fashion is not what the doctor ordered.

People are meant to be unique machines, versatile with no fixed shape.

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but without venturing into the unknown we fail to evolve.

The victim stands still, faced by the conformist pressure of fitting in.

The same rebelliousness that encourages people to opt out is the same one that sparks them to live with intention.

At the peak of our abilities, we mature into death.

Ironically, the sheep survive. But to what end? The conundrum persists.

“The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.”

— Hugh MacleodIgnore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity

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Culture People Psychology Tech

What does it mean to be me?

Sociologist Erving Goffman believed that all human interaction was a theatrical performance. In his most famous book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life , Goffman called his analysis the study of  “Dramaturgy.”

Dramaturgical analysis is the idea that we present an edited version of our selves when we meet others in person.

All the internet’s a stage

The internet, of course, adds a new layer of complexity to Goffman’s perspective. If social media is edited real life, then our dramaturgical action is the physical extension of it. We are no less authentic online than we are in person.

Goffman’s theory builds on American sociologist Charles Cooley’s ‘The Looking Glass Self’ theory. In 1902, he contextualized the individual:

“I imagine your mind, and especially what your mind thinks about my mind, and what your mind thinks about what my mind thinks about your mind.”

Keep in mind that people didn’t even think of themselves as individuals before the spread of mirrors in the 15th century.

We juggle identities online and off but each of us has a fixed character. It is our friends and family members and Google that know our truest self.

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Life & Philosophy Psychology

A museum of self

The Metropolitan Museum only showcases ten percent of its owned pieces at any given time. The rest of the art is stored somewhere else waiting to be picked and featured.

“A physical museum is itself a sort of data set — an aggregation of the micro in order to glimpse the macro.”

We all have a surfeit inventory of things we’d like to show: our talents, our Instagram and SnapChat selfies, our love for others. But they can’t all be on display at once.

Like a museum, we have to curate our display while also growing our collection.

The timing, packaging, and place for revealing of our greatest attributes and emotions are stories of their own.

Like art pieces in a gallery, personalities also require curation. It’s impossible to show all your cards at once — pick a few from the archive and make the storytelling as compelling as possible.

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People Tech

RIP Evelyn Berezin, creator of the first word processor

We take the word processor for granted but fifty years ago it didn’t even exist. That is, until Evelyn Berezin came along and produced the first standalone word processing machine. She previously had made the world’s first bank and airline system software.

She called her machine the Data Secretary, thinking that the new technology would eradicate the role of the human secretary.

The machine itself stood 40 inches high and contained thirteen semiconductor chips that Berezin patented. Unlike machines of past this one could delete, cut, copy, and paste — features we find ubiquitous today.

Berezin thrived in a man’s world, crushing all stereotypes that came her way. She felt compelled to lead the way in computer technology. Author and blogger Gwyn Headley sums it up perfectly:

“Without Ms. Berezin, there would be no Bill Gates, no Steve Jobs, no internet, no word processors, no spreadsheets; nothing that remotely connects business with the 21st century.”

Her influence is profound. One to remember.

Photo by Barton Silverman/New York Times

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Video

People pot pie 😝

This video of human face pies is a nightmare. The teeth and pies with hair may be the scariest of the lot, while the fact that you can get these customized is haunting.

I know we are still 3 months away from Halloween so apologies in advance.

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Arts People Uncategorized

‘To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society’

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“To me, a painter, if not the most useful, is the least harmful member of our society.”

Man RaySelf-Portrait