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Imitatio: Girard in Silicon Valley. Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, venture investor, and founder of the Thiel Foundation, examines the dynamics of worship and blame that create both kings and outcasts -- all the way from archaic societies to the futuristic high technology industry.

Imitatio: Girard in Silicon Valley

The heart of the lecture deploys René Girard's anthropological theory of the scapegoat. For those curious to learn more, a great starting place is Oedipus Unbound, Girard's study of the paradigmatic royal outcast. Find it at Amazon or in our online library. The lecture was given at Stanford University in Spring 2012 and ably adapted into prose by Blake Masters, whom the Thiel Foundation thanks. I. Founders are important. A. TIE Fighter - short film. 10 stunning images show the beauty hidden in pi. Saturday -- March 14, 2015, or 3/14/15 -- marks an extremely nerdy holiday.

10 stunning images show the beauty hidden in pi

It is the official celebration of π, the magical, mathematical and infinite constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. For any circle you can imagine, if you divide the distance around the circle by the distance across it, you will get pi, or 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749 445923078164062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066 470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385… We could keep going, but you get the picture.

Some people will celebrate the holiday by making and eating pies (Washington restaurants are offering specials on everything from pizza to banana cream). Transparency International France. Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist. The war on drugs, explained in one video — with dragons. Instead of significantly reducing drug use, the war on drugs provides a black market of illicit drugs that criminal organizations around the world can rely on for revenue that payrolls other, more violent activities.

The war on drugs, explained in one video — with dragons

As a result, when the war on drugs displaces drug production, it also displaces violence related to the drug trade. In several cases, this has thrown countries into serious internal turmoil. Paramilitaries in Colombia drove the country to chaos as they fought to keep drugs, particularly cocaine, flowing. (Pedro Ugarte / AFP via Getty Images) Inside Square's Massive New San Francisco Headquarters. Mobile payment company Square is growing — fast.

Inside Square's Massive New San Francisco Headquarters

Over the past year Square has doubled in size from 300 to 600 employees. The company is aggressively hiring more people, with plans to grow even bigger in the coming months. Square’s massive new 150,000 square foot space is approximately three times the space of its previous location, and has room for 1,000 people — 400 more than are currently employed by the company, so it has a little room to grow. The company is only taking up four floors of its current building (6, 9, 18 and 19), and has the potential to ultimately expand even further into the building should its workforce grown even larger. “Our new headquarters allows us to rapidly scale, while preserving our values of collaboration and transparency," says Bryan Power, Director of Talent at Square.

We had the opportunity to stop by Square’s new headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco earlier this week. Image: Mashable. Le Cerveau d'Hugo - Autisme. Steve Jobs’s Real Genius. Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto.

Steve Jobs’s Real Genius

Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He needed things to be perfect, and it took time to figure out what perfect was. This time, he had a wife and family in tow, but it made little difference. Simple Answers. Ben Bernanke to Princeton Grads: The World Isn't Fair (and You All Got Lucky) Over the weekend, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke delivered a graduation address at his old employer, Princeton, that was by turns funny (like actually funny, not monetary policy jokes funny), philosophical, and -- as Wonkblog notes this morning -- kind of radical.

Ben Bernanke to Princeton Grads: The World Isn't Fair (and You All Got Lucky)

About midway through his words, he offered this frank take on success, meritocracy, and fairness: In so many words: You, Princeton Class of 2013, got lucky, and never forget it. You might end up Masters of the Universe, but you are not Randian supermen. You're here because you're smart, but you're smart because you're fortunate. There are some not-so-subtle political implications to telling an audience full of Ivy League grads that society isn't entirely fair, and that it's their obligation to "share their luck with others.

" Creative Routines. “We all have the same 24 hours that Beyoncé has” and its various iterations took the web by storm in late 2013 as the megastar became the figurehead of not only having it all, but being able to somehow do it all too.

Creative Routines

How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works. Game of Thrones - Main Theme (80's Version) Thierry Henry - Reading of Elevation by Charles Baudelaire w/Time by Hans Zimmer [Full HD 1080p] Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a US-to-Europe flight more than two months in advance - Quartz. The average fare for a flight from the US to Europe will vary by $256 from when a ticket is first offered to the day the plane takes off.

Here’s why you shouldn’t buy a US-to-Europe flight more than two months in advance - Quartz

A flight from the US to South America will fluctuate in a $262 range over the same period. ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. A 3-D View of a Chart That Predicts The Economic Future: The Yield Curve. Drawing with Darkness: 24 Incredible Works of Shadow Art.

Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry.

Download 422 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.” If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications’ collection of free art books and catalogs. You may remember that we featured the site a few years ago, back when it offered 397 whole books free for the reading, including American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885–1915; Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomical Drawings from the Royal Library; and Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Related Content: THE CHIRAC MACHINE - The Chirac Generator. FYJC.