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Science

The Science of Symmetry and Why We’re Drawn To It

Why do we set up cubicles the way we do? Why do we build buildings with equidistant pillars that rise from the ground? Why is physical beauty tied to symmetry? In an essay called The Symmetrical Universe, Alan Lightman, American physicist, writer, and author of The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew, explores why we as humans are drawn to symmetry, and more importantly, how we can understand this pattern in our lives by first studying nature. Lightman… Read Essay

Creativity

Martha Graham on the Power of Practice

The concept of practice is an integral aspect of being human: doing something repeatedly, making errors and learning from them, operating at the edges of your ability, and most valuable of all, the satisfaction from improving. Among… Read Essay

Creativity

Saying No

“It’s the ability to choose which makes us human,” said the author Madeleine L’Engle. Perhaps it has something to do with our social nature, our desire for connection and bonding, or maybe it’s just… Read Essay