This wonderful website displays quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh and offers a mindfulness bell every 15 minutes.

http://zenify.org/

"The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist."

—  Guy Debord (via joisbv)

(Source: berfrois, via myimaginarybrooklyn)

"Labor may be likened to a man who as he carries home his earnings is waylaid by a series of robbers. One demands this much, and another that much, but last of all stands one who demands all that is left, save just enough to enable the victim to maintain life and come forth next day to work. So long as this last robber remains, what will it benefit such a man to drive off any or all of the other robbers?"

— Henry George, Protection or Free Trade

Peter Singer explains the ethical implications of our “use” of animals. It is a powerful 15-minute conversation which could change lives if we could get everyone to hear it.

Peter Singer discusses why he thinks Henry Sidgwick is the best example of a utilitarian philosopher. 

ATTENTION THIS IS NOT A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT

If you are reading this, you are being simulated by an advanced civilization. 

There is a high probability that now that you now this, the OFF switch will be hit. 

The good news is that if the OFF switch is hit, you will never know it because you will not exist. 

The bad news is that if the OFF switch is not hit, you must go on existing with the knowledge you are just a simulation. 

(via Crows Like My Pal George Aren’t Just Smart, They’re Also Jokers | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network)
(via Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR)

Humans continue to be inexplicably strange

So, it turns out the story about Jews being forced to register in the Ukraine wasn’t true. The fliers were put out by some nut group and were being ignored until USA Today read about them in an Israeli newspaper. The real story here is that most of us in the free world heard news like this, believing it to be true, and in spite of our lessons of history (recent and not so recent), didn’t immediately demand clarity. Most people heard the news and went about their business, promptly forgetting it. We humans are weird creatures.

(via Consciousness and Its Place in Nature: Does Physicalism Entail Panpsychism? by Galen Strawson — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists)
"A team of researchers at China’s Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, studying graphene properties, has discovered that the act of dragging saltwater over a piece of graphene can generate electricity. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the team describes how in seeking to turn the idea of submerging carbon nanotubes in a flowing liquid to generate a voltage on its head, they came upon the idea of simply dragging water droplets across graphene instead."

Team finds electricity can be generated by dragging saltwater over graphene