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Drake Baer
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"People who multitask all the time can't filter out irrelevancy. They can't manage a working memory. They're chronically distracted." 

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Crucifixion was a punishment that Rome reserved almost exclusively for crimes against the state — crimes like sedition or insurrection, treason or rebellion. That’s all that you could be crucified for. So, again, if that’s all you know about Jesus, then you know enough to think that perhaps this guy was a little bit more of a trouble maker, or a little more revolutionary, than we think. 

Super fascinating. 

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"Until pretty recently, most of the world's population didn't live in cities, and so their contact with strangers was limited--mostly to the road and the marketplace. So it's important to start with the fact that the ways in which strangers relate in public are both historically and locally contingent."

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In which I attempt to be a quarter as classy and brilliant as Oliver Sacks. 

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"You gotta be in the game. By virtue of the fact that reflexive cynicism is rampant, showing up requires a lot of courage. I don't downplay that at all. I feel like I'm up against it all the time in my own life." -- still one of my favorite interviews ever, with Brene Brown. 

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My second piece for the Week. 

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On (and off) recharging.

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"if we want the rewards of being loved we have to submit to the mortifying ordeal of being known."

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Happening upon this, I think, "holy shit": 

"A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty."

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"       Even  in Kyoto—
hearing the cuckoo's cry—
       I long for Kyoto.


It has a certain post-modern quality that gives it a great contemporary appeal, yet describes a very essential truism about the nature of life.    This is a poem about memory and nostalgia and, probably more importantly, it addresses the second of the 4 Noble Truths: "the origin of suffering is attachment."   What is felt here is the sweetness, the very humanness, of the pain caused by attachment." 
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