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Neil Gaiman’s talk on How Stories Last

Neil Gaiman spoke about stories recently in San Francisco. Enjoy!


Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last
by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings)


“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”


“Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives. But how do stories like the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm or Alice in Wonderland continue to enchant the popular imagination generation after generation — what is it that makes certain stories last?


That’s what the wise and wonderful Neil Gaiman explores in a fantastic lecture two and a half years in the making, part of the Long Now Foundation’s nourishing and necessary seminars on long-term thinking.


Nearly half a century after French molecular biologist Jacques Monod proposed what he called the “abstract kingdom” — a conceptual parallel to the biosphere, populated by ideas that propagate like organisms do in the natural world — and after Richard Dawkins built upon this concept to coin the word “meme,” Gaiman suggests stories are a life-form obeying the same rules of genesis, reproduction, and propagation that organic matter does…”


The audio for the talk is here, or click the image below.


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See the rest, as well as transcribed highlights here.




Portraits of madwomen

Each one of them could be a character in their own tragic novel…





(Dangerous Minds)


“Among the early pioneers of photography in the 1800s was a middle-aged English doctor called Hugh Welch Diamond, who believed photography could be used in the diagnosis and treatment of the mentally ill. Diamond first established his medical career with a private practice in Soho, London, before specializing in psychiatry and becoming Resident Superintendent of the Female Department at the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum in 1848—a position he held until 1858. Diamond was an early adopter of photography, taking his first portraits just three months after Henry Fox Talbot licensed his “salt print” process for producing “photogenic drawings.” As a follower of “physiognomics”—a popular science based on the theory that disease (and character) could be discerned from an individual’s features or physiognomy—Diamond believed photography could be used as a curative therapy…”


For the rest, and an amazing gallery of images, click here.




Time is not the same everywhere…

A little bit of wonderment (and science) about time. Dear readers, you will LOVE THIS.



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