Terror law prompts British Library to reject unique Taliban archive | World news | The Guardian
What have we come to? 'Terror law prompts British Library to reject unique Taliban archive' —
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Ian McEwan: when I was a monster | Books | The Guardian
Ian McEwan: ‘Culturally, we are neither puritanical nor “liberated”. Just profoundly confused.’ —
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12 hours ago
How Jeremy Corbyn's Coup Hijacked Labour | Standpoint
cultural power will eventually become political power, if no one takes the time to challenge it. … I distrust a convinced fanatic far more than I distrust an averagely compromised man. … Blair has discredited Blairism, and Corbyn’s rise is a reaction to his decline. … If you step back and look towards the horizon, a dismal prospect comes into view. One wing of the Labour Party left office and latched onto a malign force in the world: the resource-rich states with large sovereign wealth funds and a vanishingly small concern for human rights. After the Western financial crisis, they were the freest spenders on earth, and Blair, Mandelson and dozens of others sucked long and heartily at their teats. Meanwhile, a second wing of the Labour Party latched on to equally powerful and equally malign anti-Western movements which hate not just the worst of our society but its best: democracy, human rights and sexual equality. … the dominant movements in Labour politics over the past two decades have been, at best, indifferent and, at worst, hostile to the struggles of oppressed peoples. Unless Labour changes very fast and very soon, it will cease to be a force for good in the world. I hope I am wrong but I can’t see that change happening in my lifetime.
Nick_Cohen  Labour  politics 
18 hours ago
The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

At the end of the day, the ability to broaden attention and the ability to narrow attention are both key contributors to creativity. A recent neuroscience study led by Roger Beaty (and which I was a collaborator on) suggests that creative people have greater connections between two areas of the brain that are typically at odds: the brain network of regions associated with focus and attentional control, and the brain network of regions associated with imagination and spontaneity. Indeed, the entire creative process—not just the moments of deep insight— involves states of euphoria and inspiration as well as states of calm, rational focus. Creative people aren’t characterized by any one of these states alone; they are characterized by their adaptability and their ability to mix seemingly incompatible states of being depending on the task, whether it’s open attention with a focused drive, mindfulness with daydreaming, intuition with rationality, intense rebelliousness with respect for tradition, etc. In other words, creative people have messy minds.

Other research has also found that people who reported experiencing extreme or intense emotions on a regular basis scored higher on measures of creative capacity than those who simply reported feeling positive or negative emotions. There’s something about living life with passion and intensity, including the full depth of human experience, that is conducive to creativity. In my own research, I found that “affective engagement”— the extent to which people are open to the full breadth and depth of their emotions— was a better predictor of artistic creativity than IQ or intellectual engagement.
HBR  2015  creativity  emotion 
19 hours ago
Teasing Crystal, an Ad Blocker for iOS 9 — Murphy Apps
Crystal, , is proving to be a joy: a fast web, with the focus where I want it, & Dean is a pleasure to “work” with.
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Julius Yego - Mr YouTube - Olympics 2012 - YouTube
Julius Yego: , . ‘My coach is me, and my YouTube videos’:
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BBC iPlayer - Monitor - Pop Goes the Easel
iPlayer: ‘Pop Goes the Easel’, Ken Russell’s film on the British pioneers of the Pop Art movement —
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2 days ago
A striped wonder | TwilightBeasts
RT : Nothing more melancholy than to watch the last survivor of a species pacing its cage. on the Thylacine
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2 days ago
Introducing Project Sunroof - YouTube
Whoa. mentioned Project Sunroof in a speech last night! (about 40m into this )
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3 days ago
Closing Session on Livestream
Whoa. mentioned Project Sunroof in a speech last night! (about 40m into this )
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3 days ago
Rowan Williams: Violence is an unavoidable part of being human
"It would help if we had a single, clear story we could believe about violence – it’s getting worse because of this or that factor in our world, so we know whom to blame; it’s getting better as we all become more educated and secular, so we don’t have to worry in the long term. But the evidence is profoundly confusing. … The paradox of our era in the modern North Atlantic world is that while we are probably objectively more secure against the casual daily risk of violence than our ancestors, we are more anxious and more outraged by the prospect as well as the reality of violence, and more prone to extend its meaning to forms of offensive or menacing speech and action that would not have registered for those ancestors. We are, in a word, more preoccupied with violence … The answer to religiously rationalised violence is not to repudiate religion but to look harder at its diverse resources, so as to be clearer about what animates or galvanises its less constructive features and how the more creative elements can be foregrounded. … my job as an agent is never to externalise the problem, but to begin from self-examination. What is my part in this collision, this catastrophe? And what must I now do to avoid perpetuating or worsening it? … Honour, respect, self-esteem, the stories we tell ourselves and each other about what matters and why, so as to give us a sense of solid worth: all of this also breeds the blind anger and pain that show in uncontrolled words and actions and in the refusal to see and absorb the feelings of others. … Violence in human beings has something to do with our sense of meaning, our sense that something is at stake in our identity or integrity. When things that are bound up with this integrity are threatened or thought to be threatened, we can expect transgressive and extreme reactions. … We live not as rational atoms, but on the edge of various sorts of “ecstasy”. When this capacity for ecstasy takes root, perhaps in damaged or weakly developed egos, it becomes a ­capacity for forcible and uncontrolled intrusion into the reality of what is other – because the other is felt to be intruding on the self. … If violence is to be countered or controlled, it is in a personal and social (and international) order, in which there is always some commitment to mutual recognition and attention, so that the markers of identity and value do not become weapons of revenge. As both these authors soberly remind us, we are a long way from anything that much resembles this; and the journey towards it is indeed not an irreversible and self-evident progression."
New_Statesman  Rowan_Williams  book_reviews  violence  Man  2015  monotheism  progress 
3 days ago
David Bowie Interviewed by Jeremy Paxman in 2000 - YouTube
Have you ever watched this interview? Bowie’s frank and direct self-acceptance is very striking.
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3 days ago
Doctor Who rescued me from an airless literary world | Books | The Guardian

Readers will always go where they can find the joy they knew in childhood, the joy they deserve.
sf  fantasy  fiction  literature  Guardian  2015  imagination  story-telling 
3 days ago
Shostakovich's Opera: Orango on Vimeo
An extended documentary about the recently-discovered opera by Shostakovich, ‘Orango’ —
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4 days ago
Peter Lanyon exhibition lifts glider's works of art to new heights | Art and design | The Guardian
Peter Lanyon exhibition lifts glider's works of art to new heights | Art and design | The Guardian —
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4 days ago
mainly macro: Economic credibility
3/ ‘but the political left of whatever variety does not.’ Simon Wren-Lewis —
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5 days ago
Migrants and modernists: what did Jewish artists do for us?

Jewish suffering necessarily forms a vital strand in the Ben Uri Collection but “Out of Chaos” is far from grim, because its deeper subject is not Jewish exceptionalism, but rather the resilience of culture.
art  exhibitions  London  2015  Josef_Herman  culture  resilience 
5 days ago
Helen Macdonald: The living lights that guide us home
"We live in a world of distracting, glowing screens but even so, these shining, tiny beacons retain an allure that draws people out in droves to stand and wonder. It is hard in these days of ecological ruination to find ways to reconnect people to a natural world more commonly encountered on television and video than in living reality. The greatest magic of these creatures is that their light cannot be captured meaningfully on film."
2015  New_Statesman  natural_world 
7 days ago
Kodak's First Digital Moment - The New York Times
"Mr. Sasson was told they could sell the camera, but wouldn’t — because it would eat away at the company’s film sales."
Kodak  digital_photography  photography  2015  20thC  history  history_of_technology 
7 days ago
psychostasy, n. : Oxford English Dictionary
OED WoTD, 'psychostasy, n. … the judgement of souls by weighing' —
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