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Sloww Sunday Newsletter 060 (May 9, 2021) — The Purpose of Being, Power of Polarities, A Physicist’s Eulogy, & More
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This is short 3-minute speech by writer and performer Aaron Freeman about why you want a physicist to speak at your funeral. Hints: Laws of thermodynamics, conservation of energy, and more.
In Case You Missed It:
Last year, I ventured deep into the topic of death. It ended with investigating this ultimate question in a Premium Stream of Consciousness post.
♾️ The Power of Polarities
(14 mins | YouTube)
In this TEDx Talk, Shoshana Boyd Gelfand gives a nice introduction to polarity thinking. She defines a polarity as an ongoing problem with two correct answers that are interdependent. We experience polarities all the time: breathing (inhale and exhale), relationships (self and other), and organizations (tradition and change). Perhaps one of the ultimate polarities is humanity itself (individual and collective). Many things in life are polarities to be leveraged instead of problems to be solved.
If this piqued your interest and you want to learn more, I highly recommend watching the second video with Barry Johnson—the go-to expert on polarity thinking.
“Next time you’re faced with an intractable problem, take a deep breath and remember just because inhale is true doesn’t mean that exhale isn’t also true.” — Shoshana Boyd Gelfand
🌎 The Purpose of Being
(3 mins | YouTube)
A short 3-minute clip from Charles Eisenstein. Why are we here? Is it just to survive, reproduce, and grow?
“In nature, every being contributes something to the ecosystem. Every species—in the long run—makes that ecosystem more alive than before … Over time, ecosystems tend toward more and more complexity, more and more biodiversity. They become more alive … As human beings, we are here to bring more life and beauty to the world.” — Charles Eisenstein
🤯 Mind Expanding
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The electrical blueprints that orchestrate life. This is a 100% guarantee to blow your mind. Biologist Michael Levin says DNA isn’t the only builder in the biological world—there’s also a mysterious bioelectric layer directing cells to work together.
💭 Deep Quote
“Man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.” — James Allen
Pair with this book summary: “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen
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