Thursday, June 19, 2008

Julie Taymor on Theater

Julie Taymor is one of my heroes. If you are a lover of film and don't really understand why theater is special, or think that film is always better, I strongly encourage you to watch this video. The things she says at the end are the most important. The video is about half an hour long.

I think the reason most people don't like theater is because they see theater done badly. Trying to imitate movies on the stage is one of the sins against theater that she makes very clear in this talk.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Great Animation Illustrating False Memory

An animation based on an excellent episode of "This American Life," a podcast I listen to and highly recommend.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A Great Quote from Matt Ridley

The fuel on which science runs is ignorance. Science is like a hungry furnace that must be fed logs from the forests of ignorance that surround us. In the process, the clearing we call knowledge expands, but the more it expands, the longer its perimeter and the more ignorance comes into view.

From Ridley, M. (1999) Genome. The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters. HarperCollins.