Tag: beauty

Bilateral Symmetry in Embryos and Supermodels

Bilateral symmetry in an organism means that one half is roughly a mirror image of the other half. The plane of symmetry is the sagittal plane (vertically through the head and body, with one of each sense organ and limb pair on either side). It’s not a perfect match but it’s remarkably close. This symmetry ...

Indra’s Lesson

There is a wonderful story in one of the Upanishads about the god Indra. Now, it happened at this time that a great monster had enclosed all the waters of the earth, so there was a terrible drought, and the world was in a very bad condition. It took Indra quite a while to realize ...

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

We were at my Nana’s house watching TV when I had this strange feeling that the air was being sucked out of the room. I yelled for everyone to get down on the floor and I covered them with blankets. Then, all of the windows in the house exploded inward and there was this overpowering ...

Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville

So Much Beauty

“It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that’s the day I realized there was this ...

The Modern Conflict Between Science and Nature

Is beauty an aesthetic creation by God for human consumption or is it something more deeply rooted in nature? Why is there so much beauty in the song of birds or the feathers of the peacock? This clip is from Sheldrake’s discussion with Matthew Fox in the video, Accessing the Mystic from 2006.

What Is Dune?

As many times as I’ve read Dune and watched the several versions of the movie, I’m still left guessing what Frank Herbert was up to. I haven’t read anything about Herbert’s life but I’m guessing he spent some time in either the Middle East or North Africa. The landscape of Dune is defined by the ...

72 Lines About 36 Women

Kathleen says, “I was disappointed that I didn’t make the list of 36. Then again, you were my first real kiss.” Heather One was my first kiss, when she pulled me close I was lost in bliss. Amy really wanted to get away. Her wish was answered on a tragic day. Kelly played all boy ...

Disciplined As a Symphony

There is an excellent new article over at Knowledge@Wharton, Teamwork in a Shock Trauma Unit: New Lessons in Leadership. This is an lesson in what can happen when even one member of the team is out of sync. I was at a symphony a few weeks ago and marveled at the precision and team work ...