In this episode scientists try and find a common link between the patterns in our mind and the cave paintings - were they all a part of shamanic ritual? Are the cave paintings, and thus our creative abilities, the result of shamanistic practices - drug induced trances that caused the expansion of consciousness tens of thousands of years ago?
What is “time”? Is it merely a construct of the human imagination, as a result of the way we perceive reality? Or is it tangible, making it an observable facet of reality that can be measured and studied like other elements of our universe?
While such questions remain, there are a lot of things that we have learned about time, and its relationship to thermodynamic laws, gravity, and even how our minds work in relation to the concepts of space and time. Much of this is thanks to the groundbreaking work of Albert Einstein, renowned physicist whose theory of relativity celebrates its centennial this month.
“Bad music forced on a child is abuse because it invariably forms that child´s taste in music. Bad music has raped an industry that was held up strongly by great expression for decades but now finds itself floundering, giving in to the lowest common denominator of music just to keep its panties around its waist."
"Bad music tortures the eardrums and kills little bits of your senses through prolonged exposure. Bad music steals money from shallow pockets, steals airtime from more deserving bands and songwriters, and steals the spotlight from undiscovered geniuses who have all but given up on a dream because of the mediocrity of popular radio. Bad music is a lie, and yet it is foisted on the public in an attempt to turn melodies and songs into hamburgers and fries".
"Bad music is truly a sin because you don´t have to be exceptional to make it in the music industry anymore. You just have to be good enough to stick around and be tolerated. I understand that bad music is a matter of opinion. I know that. But I am fairly confident that more people agree with me than you suspect."
This newly-released short film lets you see for yourself the incredible beauty of the East Tavaputs Plateau, slated for tar sands strip mining. Get up close to the natural wonders hiding throughout this enchanting land, and ask yourself what you would do to defend it.
Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn't just suddenly appear one day. Thousands of years before the first fully developed writing systems, our ancestors scrawled geometric signs across the walls of the caves they sheltered in. Paleoanthropologist, rock art researcher and TED Senior Fellow Genevieve von Petzinger has studied and codified these ancient markings in caves across Europe. The uniformity of her findings suggest that graphic communication, and the ability to preserve and transmit messages beyond a single moment in time, may be much older than we think.
"...We were playing table tennis, which angered my family because they were trying to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner on it. They thought we were selfish, and we thought they were two months too early. Seriously, Thanksgiving is in November, and this was September. Also, they need to start treating us like the serious athletes we are. ”
In the never ending mashup of cool nerds and music enthusiasts, a group of scientists from the University of Bristol in the UK and the Natural History Museum in London have named a newly discovered species of particularly muscular fossil fireworms after D.C. hardcore punk rocker (who has worn many creative hats throughout the decades), Henry Rollins.
"It didn’t come in a bag, a box, or even rolled up in tissue paper. It came wrapped in wisdom. As soon as he gave it to me he said, “A tie would make a stronger impression on your boss if you used it as a blindfold and kidnapped him. That‘s why I bought you a black one.”
World's two biggest mining companies want to mine sacred lands, a public campground, and a popular rock climbing destination
A subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHPBilliton (the two biggest metal mining companies in the world, by annual revenue and market capitalization) is proposing to mine copper ore deep underneath Oak Flat, near the town of Superior, an hour east of Phoenix. The copper deposit lies partially underneath the Oak Flat Campground, a unique and sacred place that was protected in the 1950’s from mining by executive order. But now, due to an act of Congress, Oak Flat and much of its surroundings faces privatization – the handover of previously protected public land to an international mining company.
A new University of Colorado Boulder study, reports on the archaeological findings from a Maya village in El Salvador frozen in time 1,400 years ago by a blanket of volcanic ash. Evidence shows that the farming families who lived there went about their daily lives with little interference from the local ruling elite.