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Do You Know Where Your Blind Spot Is?

This cool video lets you examine your blind spot, the place where your optic nerve goes into your retina. Usually each eye can compensate for the other eye and we have the illusion of an unbroken field of vision. But it is just that, an illusion. [Thanks to Brown student Guillaume Riesen, from an insight…

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Brandishing an Artichoke

This is an indistinct parable about gender. Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize and said, “I couldn’t care less.” What struck my gimlet eye in this New York Times video of her receiving the good news is the rumpled man in the background who hangs on to an artichoke (28 seconds). She wrote The Golden…

Seamus Heaney

The God in Poetry

My friend Betsy explained to me “I don’t believe in God, I’m a poet. I believe in poetry.” And I thought, yes indeed! A poet focuses like a laser on language as a conduit for emotion and history. My ample idea of faith encompasses the poet whose religion is poetry. In the beginning was the…

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You Are on the Supercontinent Rodinia

A little over a billion years ago, some continental crust got smushed together. Note: Continental crust is a lot like pie crust, an ancient frangible confection that inexorably disintegrates! At least, that’s the case in my kitchen. Although I love to bake, the creation of a flaky, delicate pie crust has eluded me, in spite…