Arts and Pop Culture | September 02, 2014
"Beauty is a Reason to Fight": Journalist-Artist Molly Crabapple on Summer 2014
— In a moving new essay for Vice, artist and writer Molly Crabapple reflects on what she calls "a summer of monsters"—a series of difficult and disturbing events that have brought much sadness, and that compel us to seek the beauty in our world....
Innovation | August 28, 2014
David Rose, the Preeminent Speaker on the Internet of Things, Visits The Daily Show
— MIT Media Lab's David Rose appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this week to discuss his new book Enchanted Objects, the preeminent study of the Internet of Things. On the show, Rose introduced the idea of the Internet of Things—where instead of staring at our iPhone screens, we will be surrounded by simple and user-friendly objects that respond to our needs. ...
Science | August 27, 2014
Daydream Believer: Scott Barry Kaufman Says Imagination Can Predict Success
— Scott Barry Kaufman is the Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute, where he investigates the measurement and development of imagination. In a recent feature on the TED blog, Kaufman discussed his research and why imagination—and its higher-level...
Authors | August 25, 2014
First Look: Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style Looks at Why Good Writing Matters
— Cognitive scientist and bestselling author Steven Pinker returns with a new book this fall, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (September 30, 2014). It's already been hailed as "one of the best [books on writing] to come along in many years" (Kirkus Reviews). In a
Authors | August 22, 2014
Magic Moment: Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land is a #1 New York Times Bestseller
— “These books are like crack,” says the New York Times of speaker Lev Grossman’s Magicians Trilogy, “you feel that breathless, stay-up-all-night, thrumming excitement.” The final book in Grossman’s wildly popular fantasy series is The Magician’s Land—it...
Big Data | August 19, 2014
Data on the Delta: Jer Thorp's Experiment in Live-Data Tracking
— Data artist and current Lavin speaker-at-large Jer Thorp just let us know that he’s about to take his work off the continent—specifically, exploring the Okavanga Delta in Botswana with a team of scientists, artists, and engineers. The most exciting component of the trip will be the live-data tracking, which Thorp is making available to anyone and everyone. “Every observation we’re making and every photo we take will...
Motivational speaker Yvonne Camus talks about not giving up, even under the most extreme circumstances, and how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary success.