Wiring of the human brain
ZEYNEP M SAYGIN
Bird’s-eye view of nerve fibres in a normal, healthy adult human brain.
WHP MayorIt was fantastic to visit the White Horse project at the Boilerhouse in Waterfoot. The former industrial site is a safe haven for nearly 80 children and young people, aged 11 to 18 who can use the facility three nights a week.
While homework clubs and special workshops are arranged on Mondays and Wednesdays, Friday nights are social with a range of activities including computer games, pool and a weekly quiz. Despite the range of ages and interests, the atmosphere is one of both fun and respect. It was particularly heartening to meet some of the young volunteers who had been coming for years and were now taking on their first leadership positions.
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It was 175 years ago this Sunday that two little letters were first linked together in a simple abbreviation—OK. Thanks in part to its adoption in the 1840 presidential campaign, what began as a lame joke in a Boston newspaper morphed into one of the most ubiquitous expressions in the English language
Bleary-eyed readers scanning page two of the Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839, may have barely noticed the linguistic oddity buried in the blizzard of ink in the second column. At the end of a short, throwaway item taking sarcastic jabs at a Providence newspaper stood the abbreviation “o.k.” next to the words “all correct.” Much like the modern-day world filled with text-friendly shortcuts such as LOL and OMG, an abbreviation craze swept nineteenth-century America, although with a twist. In an attempt at humor, young, educated elites deliberately misspelled words and abbreviated them for slang. For example, “KG” stood for “know go,” the incorrect spelling of “no go.” The joke is lost on us today, but it was LOL funny in the 1800s.
The Abbey Library in St.Gallen is one of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world.
Above the library door, two cherubs bear a banner with the Greek inscription “Psyches iatereion”, freely translated as “soul apothecary”, inviting visitors to enter. The library is intended to offer “mental support” to visitors and users and provide a “sanatorium for the soul”.
Since its inception, the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble has established an eight-to-ten city tour, gathering new fans and teaching old ones that jazz isn’t a man’s world after all. Spelman College Jazz Ensemble’s unique combination of vocalists, wind instrumentalists and rhythm section has thrilled and excited audiences across the country with their innovative and soulful sound.
As part of that mission, the RSA public events programme has launched RSA Shorts (thersa.org/events/rsashorts). This new series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA public events programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world. It responds to the ever-increasing need for new ideas and inspiration in our busy lives and acts as a shot of ‘mental espresso’ to awaken the curiosity in all of us.
The audio of this RSA short is of Dr Brené Brown who spoke at the RSA on The Power of Vulnerability (thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2013/the-power-of-vulnerability). She talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy and argues that to be truly empathetic you have to be vulnerable by connecting with someone’s pain in yourself.Animated and directed by Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne). See more of Gobblynne’s illustration and animation work, or just pop by and say hello at: Gobblynne website: gobblynne.com
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