The Filters In Our Mind

The filters in our mind

Ancient Egyptian carvings and writings spoke of a mythical creature, half-zebra, half-giraffe. Nineteenth century British traders described the beast as the "African unicorn," a fantasy creature and a biological impossibility. Even with testimony of native tribes in the Congo, British explorers knew such…

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Butterfly Hearing

Butterfly hearing

There's a haunting little memoir entitled The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of the French fashion magazine, Elle. At the age of 43, Jean-Dominique suffered a rare kind of stroke to the brain stem. He woke after twenty days in a coma. Only his…

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An Hour Of Your Time

An hour of your time

"Dad," the six-year old boy asks his Father, "How much money do you make an hour?" "Son," the father, short on patience from a long work week, answers, "that is an inappropriate question.  You need to learn to be polite.  There are certain questions you never ask people." "Okay," the boy responds. Seeing his son's demeanor, the father softens, and says, "Okay, I'll tell you. …

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