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Beautiful Minds

How Do Artists Differ From Bank Officers?

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What are creative people like? As we saw in my prior post, various creativity researchers tend to converge on the same conclusion: creative people are complex. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but often need their rest. They tend to be both introverted and extroverted at the same darn time. And perhaps [...]

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Beautiful Minds

The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

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What is greatness and how do people get there? Is greatness born or made? Is greatness the result of talent or practice? Few other questions have caused such intense debate, controversy, and diversity of opinions. The heights of human accomplishment have always fascinated us, and for good reason. The striving for greatness is a fundamental [...]

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The Curious Wavefunction

Modular complexity, and reverse engineering the brain

  The Forbes columnist Matthew Herper has a profile of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen who has placed his bets on a brain institute whose goal is to to map the brain…or at least the visual cortex. His institute is engaged in charting the sum total of neurons and other working parts of the visual cortex [...]

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The Curious Wavefunction

Here’s your Boeing 777, now make me the next Prozac.

  Werner Heisenberg was once asked what questions he thought were worth asking God. He is said to have quipped, “I would ask God two questions: “Why quantum mechanics?” and “Why turbulence?” I think he will have an answer for the former”. Almost a hundred years later turbulence still remains an unsolved problem, although we [...]

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The Curious Wavefunction

The Higgs boson and the future of science

The discovery of the Higgs boson (or the “Higgs-like particle” if you prefer) is without a doubt one of the signal scientific achievements of our time. It illustrates what sheer thought – aided by data of course – can reveal about the workings of the universe and it continues a trend that lists Descartes, Hume, [...]

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