On the need for scientific literacy

Scientific communication in the present day has become very complex. In the past, even as recently as the late nineteenth century, the preeminent scientists of the time - Newton, Galileo, Darwin, among others - wrote not only to communicate with other experts but also to inform the general public. Things are vastly different now. Modern … Continue reading On the need for scientific literacy

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Csikszentmihalyi on autotelic work and the conditions that create “flow”

There’s an oft-cited quote in the Bhagavad Gita[1] that explains the role of work in a person's life. Loosely translated, it states that one should “perform work in this world without selfish attachments [desire for money, fame etc.], and alike in success and defeat.” In other words, when performed with attention and without regard for consequences, … Continue reading Csikszentmihalyi on autotelic work and the conditions that create “flow”