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Read | Tasting Like Chicken its evolutionary origins

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You will no doubt often have heard ‘it takes like chicken’ in answer to the question, ‘What does it taste like?’ I’m pretty sure you’ll have often wondered why this is the case. If the explanation given in the film The Matrix does not do it for you I suggest you read this intriguing article which attempts to trace the origin of the taste of chicken. It’s an educational evolutionary journey.

Chris Rock on bullet control

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Taken from Chris Rock’s 1999 Bigger and Blacker show. I’ve always loved this, it makes complete sense and is more relevant than ever.

Braun inspired Weather App

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Designed by David Elgena this iphone app is inspired by Dieter Rams‘s legendary BRAUN designs which Mac essentially rip off. I want this app on Android a lot. You can download the app in the Apple App Store.

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The Age of Outrospection – Empathy and Social Change

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Empathy isn’t just something that expands your moral universe. Empathy is something that can make you a more creative thinker, improve your relationships, can create the human bonds that make life worth living. But, more than that, empathy is also about social change — radical social change.

Philosopher Roman Krznaric believes that the 21st century needs to shift from introspection to outrospection, the ultimate art form for which is empathy. He explains in this RSA Animate video.

I discovered this thanks to the insightful and inspirational Brainpickings website.

I very much believe in what he is saying and have often thought it. I have a sense of social justice and a natural desire to understand people and discover new things. That’s why I work in the charity sector. However I have fallen foul of the introspection curse. Sure it has been invaluable to me and helped me discover a great many things but it has also been a bit of a curse. If we all put more effort into empathy maybe we can not only achieve the social changes we so desperately need but be happier individuals too. Because I believe if Outrospection and Empathy are more widely encouraged more people will realise that happiness is found by looking beyond themselves – making others happy makes you happy. Other Non-Western cultures understand this, I’m thinking of the African philosophy of Ubuntu, for example. I think we have too often forgotten it as a central tenant of life and suffer as a consequence. Let’s all make more effort hey!

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