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Enemy of truth


The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.


— John F. Kennedy

Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity

In the past decade, questions of how a person’s genetic material gets used have become more and more common. Researchers and ethicists are still figuring how how to balance scientific goals with the need to respect individual and cultural privacy. And for Native Americans, the question of how to do that, like nearly everything, is bound up in a long history of racism and colonialism.



These are questions that anyone who gives their genetic material to scientists has to think about. And for Native Americans, who have witnessed their artifacts, remains, and land taken away, shared, and discussed among academics for centuries, concerns about genetic appropriation carry ominous reminders about the past. “I might trust this guy, but 100 years from now who is going to get the information? What are people going to do with that information? How can they twist it? Because that’s one thing that seems to happen a lot,” says Nick Tipon, the vice-chairman of the Sacred Sites Committee of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, an organization that represents people of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo descent.



Suggest reading the whole thing:

via Genetic Testing and Tribal Identity The Atlantic.


Proper Discernment


Material things, physical appearances, labeling, and the need to see things as a form of evidence are all superficial. We just need to practice proper discernment. And to achieve proper discernment, we must practice graceful detachment.


— Kevin Echaluse

Prestige Sensor


In New York the people represent only themselves, not the rest of society. The city represents only itself, not the rest of America. This is what gives it its global importance. It is a detector, a sensor of prestige; its charm is to have transformed not only the rest of the United States but the rest of the world into an immense province


— Jean Baudrillard

ART we LIKE: David Olenick

…here is a selection of cute and humorous illustrations created by graphic designer David Olenick. A childish universe inhabited by subtle and funny pun to discover in his mini-stories in one frame…


via David OlenickASYLUM ART.


Ted Talk: Seth Godin


Be remarkable. Safe is risky. Being very good is one of the worst things you can do. Everyone has heard the expression “The best thing since sliced bread” but did you know that for 15 years after sliced bread was invented it wasn’t popular? The success of sliced bread, like the success of anything, was less about the product and more about whether or not you could get your idea to spread or not.

Marketing guru and author Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.

via 12 Must Watch TED Talks for Entrepreneurs | Best Business TED Talks Videos.