The Misconception: You procrastinate because you are lazy and can’t manage your time well. The Truth: Procrastination is fueled by weakness in the face of impulse and a failure to think about thinking.
“In principio fu una barzelletta. Noemi Letizia raccontava ai giornalisti la sua battuta preferita tra quelle che aveva sentito da Silvio Berlusconi. E lei, candidamente, aveva dato il via al tormentone del “bunga bunga”. La barzelletta era la seguente. Due ministri del governo Prodi vanno in Africa, su un’isola deserta, e vengono catturati da una tribù di indigeni. Il capo tribù interpella il primo ostaggio e gli propone: “Vuoi morire o bunga-bunga?”. Il ministro sceglie il bunga bunga, e viene violentato. Il secondo prigioniero, davanti alla scelta, non indugia e chiede di morire. Il capo tribù risponde: “Va bene, prima bunga bunga, poi morire”.”—Libero
This activity is designed to shed some light on your moral intuitions by looking at how you judge the behaviour of people who choose to take a life or lives because they (seemingly) believe that in the particular circumstances they face, the act of killing is justified by its consequences.
Reagan, more than any modern American leader, approximated the Founders’ ideal: a citizen president, who never allowed the magnitude of his office to turn his head and who, when his work was done, retired gratefully to the countryside, as Cincinnatus to his plough.
When times get tough, it’s really important to believe in yourself. This is something the Democrats have done splendidly this year. The polls have been terrible, and the party may be heading for a historic defeat, but Democrats have done a magnificent job of maintaining their own self-esteem. This is vital, because even if the public doesn’t approve of you, it is important to approve of yourself.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that Democrats have become role models. They have offered us lessons on how we, too, may continue to love ourselves, even in trying circumstances.
“[T]he tea party is not a “threat” to the Republican Party, the tea party saved the Republican Party. In a broad sense, the tea party rescued it from being the fat, unhappy, querulous creature it had become, a party that didn’t remember anymore why it existed, or what its historical purpose was. The tea party, with its energy and earnestness, restored the GOP to itself.”—Peggy Noonan: Tea Party to the Rescue - WSJ.com
Three years ago, Edge collaborated with The Serpentine Gallery in London in a program of “table-top experiments” as part of the Serpentine’s Experiment Marathon . This live event was featured along with the Edge/Serpentine collaboration: “What Is Your Formula? Your Equation? Your Algorithm? Formulae For the 21st Century.” Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator of the Serpentine, invited Edge to collaborate in his latest project, The Serpentine Map Marathon, produced in conjunction with DLD (Digital - Life - Design) Saturday and Sunday, 16 – 17 October, at Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (Map). The multi-dimensional Map Marathon features non-stop live presentations by over 50 artists, poets, writers, philosophers, scholars, musicians, architects, designers and scientists. The two-day event takes place in London during Frieze Art Fair week.
“Wilfred James Mannion, uno dei più grandi calciatori inglesi di tutti i tempi, aveva firmato il primo contratto con il Middlesbrough nel ’36 e da quel giorno spese tutte le energie per ritoccare il suo ingaggio, proprio come un vero professionista moderno. Lo scoppio della Seconda guerra mondiale per lui fu un’opportunità irripetibile. Quando nel ’40 venne arruolato in fanteria e spedito in Francia, erano ormai quattro anni che il Boro non gli alzava l’ingaggio mentre lui riceveva grandi richieste da Everton e Arsenal che gli promettevano anche un secondo impiego. Il capolavoro, o la leggenda, raccontano che Mannion, in combutta con un giornalista dell’epoca, fece uscire la notizia della sua morte al fronte nella speranza che il Boro stracciasse il suo contratto. In realtà era stato fatto prigioniero, poi spedito in Sud Africa, quindi prese parte allo sbarco di Anzio e successivamente ricoverato a Il Cairo per riprendersi dagli stress della guerra.[…] quando il Boro vide tornare James Mannion sano e salvo dalla guerra, lo tenne senza stipendio per tutto il resto della stagione. Lo salvò la sua classe, oggi davanti al Riverside Stadium di Middlesbrough troneggia una sua statua.”—Il Giornale - «Caro presidente, gradirei… un ritocchino alla paghetta» -
Having dined with Adam Smith on a number of occasions, Samuel Johnson once described him “as dull a dog as he had ever met with.” Smith’s biographers might be inclined to agree. The most celebrated political economist in history led a remarkably quiet life. Born in the sleepy Scottish port of Kirkcaldy in 1723, he was raised by his widowed mother and lived with her for much of his life. He studied at the University of Glasgow (which he loved) and at Oxford (which he loathed). Only once in his life did he travel outside of Britain. He wrote few letters and burned his personal papers shortly before his death in 1790. Even his appearance is a mystery. The only contemporary likenesses of him are two small, carved medallions. We know Adam Smith as we know the ancients, in colorless stone. It is a measure of Nicholas Phillipson’s gifts as a writer that he has, from this unpromising material, produced a fascinating book.
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”—Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican National Convention
“These days, efforts to restore our privacy seem almost as utopian as plans to cleanse us of viciousness. I’m not suggesting that we should refrain from punishing and trying to deter illegal eavesdropping or secret videotaping of private moments; colleges and universities should make clear to students that they have privacy as well as speech rights (and, of course, there is no free speech defense to the taping and broadcasting of Clementi’s sexual encounters). But the number of people who will be persuaded to respect privacy laws will probably equal the number who obey laws against distracted or drunk driving; and the overall effect of compliance on individual privacy will be marginal compared to the break-taking scope of easily accessible publicly available information about everyone, as well as the ubiquitous corporate and state surveillance to which we are routinely subjected. We are all at least potentially on display. Like human cruelty, public exposure is now a fact of life. The challenge is not to restore privacy, but to try compensating for the lack of it.”—Wendy Kaminer [via theatlantic]