On Simplicity

In my frustrations about how technology has consumed my time and my mental energy, I have often thought that I wish I could live more simply. I define that to mean less time surfing the internet and less time swiping around a tablet or phone. More time reading and writing, more space to be in Read More …

Hardwired Art

I wrote in a previous blog post that, “I believe humans are hardwired for storytelling. Narrative is innate in our brains. Something resonates when we hear and read stories.” I want to expand upon this idea. In the final chapters of Steven Pinker’s The blank slate: The modern denial of human nature, he writes: “Art Read More …

Stories Are Magical

Specifically, language of magic. I read an interesting quote in Steven Pinker’s The blank slate: the modern denial of human nature. Pinker, a psychologist at Harvard University, argues that mental images are not raw pieces of information we download and store, but an interconnected database for which humans process and interpret information. He says: “The Read More …