New Origami Street Art in Angers, France by Mademoiselle Maurice
French artist Mademoiselle Maurice (previously here and here) has two fun new pieces up this month as part of the 2013 ARTAQ Festival in Angers, France. Requiring over 30,000 folded components, the artist relied on help from school children and people living in nearby “leisure centers” to help complete all of the pieces in time for installation. Hundreds of additional volunteers were on-hand to help cover a stairwell leading to Montée St-Maurice which was completed on May 31st. See many more photos here.
A fascinating read..:
As I See It: Compassionate Computing, Or Dalai On The Desktop
“During a portion of an interview that dealt with technology, the Dalai Lama announced that he would not object to reincarnating in a computer when technology became sophisticated enough to permit it. “
His love of science and technology is said to have begun at an early age, and perhaps marks the origin of his aspiration to steer Tibet toward a spirituality that can be validated by science. It is a work in process. After all, the tenants of Buddhist spirituality date back 2500 years and form the cultural underpinnings of Tibet. Challenging them will undoubtedly have seismic repercussions. Still, he regularly seeks collaboration with scientists. Neuroscientists, for example, have been invited to study the workings of the mind in meditation. Over the years, their findings helped revolutionize the study of neuroplasticity and verified what those committed to a contemplative practice long suspected: thought patterns can indeed change the physical structure of the brain. But nowhere has the Dalai Lama’s thinking strayed further from the box of orthodoxy than in regard to reincarnation—a belief yet to be proved or disproved by science. Given the ancient and central role reincarnation plays in Buddhism, his recent pronouncement was startling if not heretical.
During a portion of an interview that dealt with technology, the Dalai Lama announced that he would not object to reincarnating in a computer when technology became sophisticated enough to permit it.
To understand the gravity of that statement it should be noted that many Tibetans regard him as a living Buddha. For a westerner that would be roughly equivalent to believing that the surrogate of Jesus Christ was sitting in the White House, and he just announced that he’s coming back as Watson, the IBM question-answer machine.
Bioluminescent art: Beautiful bacteria glow in the dark
Bioluminescent art blends science and creativity to create images that can only be seen in the dark.
Whatever purifies you is the right path, I will not try to define it.
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you will most likely never hear this story on American news stations if you live here.
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Restored Faith in Humanity of the Day: A Kindergartner Read 875 Books in One School Year
People say kids don’t read enough books these days, but one young pupil at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles, Los Angeles, would beg to differ. Over the course of the past school year, five-year-old Sophia Moss read through nearly the entire kindergarten and first-grade sections of her school’s library. According to the local news report, her father Carl helped her check out five books a week this fall, which eventually grew to more than 20 books per week. In addition to her passion for reading, Sophia has already begun writing her first book, a story about a superhero turtle titled “Sophia’s Pet.”
A pastor in Seoul, South Korea has created a “baby box” for people so that people who would otherwise abandon or kill their newborns can leave them somewhere safe instead. The box has a light, a towel lining, and a bell rings as soon as a baby is placed in it so the pastor, his wife, or one of his staff can come and get it right away.
Lee Jong-rak started the box in 2009, and has welcomed all babies, often disabled or the children of single mothers, that have been placed in the box since. The babies are given a loving home, food, and shelter in his orphanage. Currently, an average of 17-18 babies are placed in the box every month.
One mother who left her baby in the box pinned a letter to its clothing which read:
‘My baby! Mom is so sorry.
I am so sorry to make this decision.
My son! I hope you to meet great parents,
And I am very very sorry.
I don’t deserve to say a word.
sorry, sorry, and I love you my son.
Mom loves you more than anything else.
I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is.
I used to think about something bad but I guess this box is safer for you.
That’s why I decided to leave you here.
My son, Please forgive me.’
- ‘A single mother’s tearful letter’
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