Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week
Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.
It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.
Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…
Reducto ad absurdum: an attempt to disprove an argument by showing it leads to a ridiculous, absurd conclusion. This episode of ASAP Science attempts to explain the argument (through reducto ad absurdum and math) that our universe (or at least Earth) was created by intelligent life–whether that be a god in the way we think about it, or a god closer to humans playing a game of Sims.
I found this really strange excerpt from the novel Alone Together on my Tumblr dash the other day. In the section that was screenshotted, Turkle describes an incident in which young children CUT OFF A FURBY’S SKIN because its batteries died–and now the Furby’s ghost must be placated. I included it not only because it was weird, but because the way that humans react to things that aren’t quite alive really interests me. In the excerpt, you can see that some children can distinguish that the Furby isn’t real, it’s only “half alive,” but others cannot–and what results is a Graves 2, Purple meme ritual to sacrifice the Furby’s soul.
As a person who has been on the earth for a relatively short amount of time, I’ve had a cellphone (smart or otherwise) for the majority of my life. My phone feels like a natural and normal extension of my day-to-day experience. So I end up sometimes resenting the idea that I’m “addicted” to my phone–because how can one be addicted to something that’s a normal part of life? However, this NYT article argues that when discussing technological addiction, it’s really discussing a behavioral addiction instead of a chemical one. The distinction reframed the idea for my Accuracy process, and I’m definitely more inclined to agree with this article than previous pieces discussing technology addiction. What do you think?
Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is one of my favorite science fiction/speculative works. If you haven’t read it: the novel follows the experiences of Offred, a woman who is kept exclusively to reproduce in a dystopian future New York. It explores feminism, religious doctrine, systems and how they affect/influence/oppress demographics, and how individuals can become complicit in their own demise. I highly suggest reading the novel–but if you have Hulu, you can just watch the show.
Another trailer! A member of the Intuitive Awakening Facebook group shared this trailer for the short accompanying Moana in theaters. I don’t know if it was necessarily made to illustrate personality theory, but there are a lot of elements in the narration that are reminiscent of the way that people are categorized in the MBTI.
So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.
Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.
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