Happy birthday, Bertrand Russell! The beloved philosopher’s 10 timeless commandments of teaching, learning and life.
There are ten times more cells from microorganisms than human cells in and on our bodies.
Fascinating NPR story on how gut bacteria might guide the workings of our minds, moods, and metabolism. For a deeper look, see The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today.
Hayao Miyazaki accidentally gives a perfect description of what it means to be an artist. H/T Ken Ziegler.
Here’s another interesting observation made by Alejandro González Iñárritu:
“I’ve learned that there’s nothing to learn. When I made my first film, ‘Amores Perros,’ I was very concerned about gaining enough knowledge to successfully make a film. Now after completing ‘21 Grams,’ I have learned that I must forget about gaining knowledge, and approach each new project like a complete virgin. Whenever I have tried to draw on previous experiences, the results have not been favorable and I lost valuable time. So now, I erase the slate entirely. That’s not to say I don’t make plans. I believe so strongly in pre-production and technical preparations. However, once I know that everyone is on the same page as me, technically, I become like an animal — I want only to see and feel and smell the possibilities before me. It’s the most wonderful time because I am totally alive. By erasing all the baggage that comes with past experiences, I can work in the moment to capture the emotions and feelings of my story. I’ve learned not to trust what I’ve learned — only then can I really feel creatively alive.” —In Their Own Words
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Matisse at Tate Modern
“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of a reputation, a prisoner of success,” wrote Henri Matisse in his book Jazz (1947). It was with this book that the French painter, then already in his seventies, radically challenged his own practice.