background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Page 9. Christopher Hitchens. Women's Health and Wellness Information, Tips - - Improving Health, Changing Lives. Breaking News, Current Events, Latest News and World Events at » The Library To The World.

Library of » Page Not Found. How Music Works. By Maria Popova What Stanley Kubrick has to do with Medieval harmonies and universal lullabies.

How Music Works

Music. It’s hard to imagine life without it. How flat would a world be where films have no scores, birthdays no ‘Happy Birthday,’ Christmas no carols, gym workouts no playlists? Music is so ubiquitous and affects us so deeply, so powerfully. Composer Howard Goodall takes us on a journey into music’s underbelly, examining the four basic elements that make it work: Melody, rhythm, harmony and bass. Melody is music’s most powerful tool when it comes to touching our emotions. Every music system in the world shares these five notes in common.

Catch the four remaining parts of Melody here: 2, 3, 4, 5. Rhythm is the part of music that interacts most immediately and spontaneously with our bodies. You Are Not So Smart. The Topic(s): Placebo Sleep and Science The Guest: Christina Draganich The Episode: Download – iTunes – Stitcher – RSS – Soundcloud In 1998, The Journal of the American Medical Association published research that debunked therapeutic touch and moved the well-meaning mystical practice out of the kingdom of medicine and into the abandoned strip mall of quackery.

You Are Not So Smart

At the time, touch was enjoying a surge in popularity in hospitals and clinics. Practitioners claimed that they could manipulate mysterious energy fields and bring about healing by placing their hands above the bodies of the sick. The research that revealed therapeutic touch was bunk was based on a 9-year-old girl’s fourth-grade science fair project. One of the central themes of You Are Not So Smart is you are so bad at thinking, judging, and deciding that your species had to invent a tool to help you work on the sort of problems you, as a human, are terrible at solving. Links and Sources The JAMA Study Emily Rosa and Therapeutic Touch.

Five Manifestos for the Creative Life. By Kirstin Butler How a numbered list can start a personal revolution.

Five Manifestos for the Creative Life

Some days everyone needs a little extra encouragement. The words or lines or colors don’t want to come, or worse, we don’t even want to sit down to create. That’s when we turn to these inspiring manifestos, any one of which is guaranteed to give our uncooperative creativity a sharp kick in the pants. Here are five of our favorite contemporary manifestos that nudge ideas out of your head and into the hands of the world. We’ve long been fans of the amazing work of Frederick Terral, the creative visionary behind design studio Right Brain Terrain. Books. Bettman/Corbis In 1985, Carol Leifer, who was discovered by David Letterman, became one of two female writers on 'Saturday Night Live,' but her time there wasn’t easy, and it didn’t end so well.


Saturday Night Live premiered in 1975, while I was in college, and comedy would never be the same. From the minute the show went on the air, it popped right off the screen as fresh and funny, and it immediately set a new standard for television comedy that continues today. So, in 1985 I was excited as anything when SNL’s creator, Lorne Michaels, returned to the helm after Dick Ebersol’s five-year reign. And even more excited to hear that the show was setting up auditions for new cast members at the Comic Strip, my home-base comedy club in New York City. E.D. Kain. Here’s another short song I wrote.

E.D. Kain

I call it ‘Drinking Song.’ Thanks for listening. Erik covers an oldie, but a goodie. It’s that time of year again. So these days, due to some very difficult personal issues going on in my life, I’m having an easier time writing music than actually writing. What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really?

Hello there!

What Kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, Really?

If you enjoy the content on Neurotribes, consider subscribing for future posts via email or RSS feed. Kobun Chino Otogawa, Steve Jobs' Zen teacher. One reason I was looking forward to reading Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Steve Jobs was my hope that, as a sharp-eyed reporter, Isaacson would probe to the heart of what one of the few entrepreneurs who really deserved the term “visionary” learned from Buddhism. By now, everyone knows the stories of how the future founder of Apple dropped acid, went to India on a quest for spiritual insight, met a laughing Hindu holy man who took a straight razor to his unkempt hair, and was married in a Zen ceremony to Laurene Powell in 1991.

I was curious how Jobs’ 20-year friendship with the monk who performed his wedding — a wiry, swarthily handsome Japanese priest named Kobun Chino Otogawa — informed his ambitious vision for Apple, beyond his acquiring a lifetime supply of black, Zen-ish Issey Miyake turtlenecks.