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Can We Transcend Today’s Humanness To Be Something More?

We can imagine “heights of flourishing” that tower above the life we know now, but human minds and bodies are capable of climbing only so high. There is a limit to how much we can feel, how deeply we can think, how fast we can move. - American Scholar

Our Five Senses (Wait, We Actually Have Seven?)

Beyond the traditional five senses, neuroscientific research also examines proprioception (sensing your muscles, their location, and their movements) and the vestibular system, which regulates the sense of orientation and balance in space. - The Conversation

Do We Have Free Will? (And How Does It Shape Our Identity?)

Human beings may make choices that are not predictable or even completely determined. The hard question of free will is whether, at the time of making a choice, we could have done otherwise (leaving aside randomness or chance). - The Wall Street Journal

How Did The Things Around Us Get So Ugly?

It occurs to us, strolling past a pair of broken BuzzFeed Shopping–approved AirPods, that the new ugliness has beset us from both above and below. - n+1

Being An Old Artist (It Can Be Liberating)

Many artists have found that old age, for all its physical and emotional burdens, can be a moment of creative liberation comparable to, even superior to, anything in youth. - Washington Post

Czech Museum Returns Beethoven Manuscript To Heirs

The Moravian Museum in the Czech city of Brno has had the original manuscript for the fourth movement of Beethoven's String Quartet n B-flat Major, Op. 130 in its collection for more than 80 years. - ABCNews

Battlefield Memories From The Culture Wars Of The 1990s

John Killacky, performing arts curator at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis 1988-1996, presented much of the work attacked by right-wingers: Holly Hughes, Ron Athey, Tim Miller, Bill T. Jones, and Karen Finley, whose We Keep Our Victims Ready at the Walker was a lightning rod. - The Arts Fuse (Boston)

ChatGPT Elevates Interactive Artificial Intelligence To A New Level

ChatGPT feels different. Smarter. Weirder. More flexible. It can write jokes (some of which are actually funny), working computer code and college-level essays. It can also guess at medical diagnoses, create text-based Harry Potter games and explain scientific concepts at multiple levels of difficulty. - The New York Times

Dance At The World Cup: Brazilian Soccer Would Not Be What It Is Without Samba

It's not just the dances the players do to celebrate: samba steps have worked their way into the Brazilians' game technique. For instance, says Domingos da Guia, a leading player from the 1930s, "I invented the short dribble by imitating the miudinho, a form of samba." - The Guardian

Does This New Artificial Intelligence ChatGPT Spell The End Of The Student Essay?

The essay, in particular the undergraduate essay, has been the center of humanistic pedagogy for generations. It is the way we teach children how to research, think, and write. That entire tradition is about to be disrupted from the ground up. - The Atlantic

What Learning To Read Braille Did To My Brain

"'Surely the part of my brain that I used to read with shut down at the same time as my sight?' asks Red Szell in this video. (He) lost his sight several years ago due to Retinitis pigmentosa – and ... earlier this year, Szell decided to learn Braille, with unexpected results." - BBC

Denver Post’s Investigative Series Into A System That Enables Looted Art Trade

The series highlights the cozy nature between curators, scholars, museums and dealers — and how incentives align to allow the dirty world of the international art market to proliferate. - Denver Post

The Lit Critics Who Really, Really Hated “The Waste Land”

"Reviews were often pitched at nonspecialist general interest readers. ... To come to Eliot's poem with a few platitudes about decency, intelligibility, and ease of access to poetic chestnuts was to be brutally confronted with something not only unknown but perilously close to the unknowable." - Literary Hub

Penguin Random House CEO Steps Down After Failed Takeover

As the head of the largest publisher in the country, Markus Dohle oversaw the attempted acquisition of Simon & Schuster, a deal the Justice Department sued to stop on antitrust grounds. - The New York Times

Ukrainian Soldiers’ Dance Videos Are The Latest Social Media Hit

"One comment with over 1,800 likes said, 'Damn! These Ukrainians do have a sense of humor. I'm rooting for you,' while a comment with over 200 likes said, 'You can't break a brave soldier's spirit. Keep on dancing.'" - Insider

You Think It’s Taken A Long Time For Hollywood To Pay Women And Men Equally?  Look At Bollywood

Priyanka Chopra says that in a 20-year career, "I've never had pay parity in Bollywood. I would get paid about 10% of the salary of my male co-actor," and that the first time she got equal pay was for her work on the series Citadel in the US. - BBC

George Newall, Last Surviving Co-Creator Of “Schoolhouse Rock,” Is Dead At 88

He was creative director of an ad agency when the boss complained that his sons could remember rock lyrics but not multiplication tables and asked Newall to have the tables set to music. Newall gathered a songwriting team, the agency's art director made cartoons, and the rest is TV history. - Deadline

This Director May Have Figured Out How To Rescue Sondheim’s Most Notorious Flop

For four decades, the consensus has been that — despite some excellent songs, and despite repeated adjustments during revivals — there's just no way to make Merrily We Roll Along into a good piece of musical theater. Then the director Maria Friedman, who's uniquely qualified, had a go. - The New York Times

The Blue Man Group Has Been Running For 30 Years — Longer Than “Phantom Of The Opera” — And It’s Still Going Strong

Indeed, Phantom is ending its long Broadway run this spring, but the Blue Man Group (granted, in a smaller house) just keeps on — not only in New York, but in touring shows on at least three continents. Peter Marks considers the secrets of their success. - MSN (The Washington Post)

BBC’s Boss Predicts It Will Be Online-Only In Ten Years

Director general Tim Davie: "Imagine a world that is internet-only, where broadcast TV and radio are being switched off and choice is infinite. A switch-off of broadcast will and should happen over time, and we should be active in planning for it." - The Guardian

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