Punch on: Open thread 20/02/2012
Who loves the weekend for how much more time they get to spend reading? Yep, me too. Especially longer feature/magazine type reads that get put aside during the week.
Got me thinking maybe we could share our best finds on the Monday open thread? To kick things off, here’s three pieces that got me thinking this weekend.
So join in. Add your own reading list, or just let us know what else is on your mind.
1. Ricky Gervais on Wired.co.uk. The piece is mostly about celebrating creativity. Gervais thinks we should focus more on our ability for “playfulness” as adults. He says it helps us to let go, be inspired (and sometimes inspiring) and also, think differently. He also says social media, well okay specifically Twitter can be a great way to excercise this “playfulness”. Here’s a favourite bit that might inspire you on a Monday morning.
The answer is simple. Never grow up. I don’t mean don’t become an adult with responsibility and the weight of the world on you shoulders. I simply mean if you’re writing, or directing give yourself enough time to play. Play the fool. Goad. Shock. Laugh. Trip over something that isn’t there. Try something. And never be afraid to fail. That failure is useful too. It’s just another building block
2. Forgetting and painful memories. This is fascinating, albeit very long read explores the science of post traumatic stress disorder. And a therapy being developed to help people suffering from the disease that essentially helps them “wipe” the memory from their minds. The theory itself is pretty complex and the best explanation can be found in reading the whole piece. But, one of the more interesting tidbits was the idea that memory is not actually a constant. They change overtime.
Scientists have recently learned, the very act of remembering changes the memory itself. New research is showing that every time we recall an event, the structure of that memory in the brain is altered in light of the present moment, warped by our current feelings and knowledge. That’s why pushing to remember a traumatic event so soon after it occurs doesn’t unburden us; it reinforces the fear and stress that are part of the recollection.
3. Emily Symons on not being a mum. Maybe it’s a female thing but I love a good, honest “peek” into someone else’s life. Katherine Chatfield’s Sunday Telegraph interview with the Home and Away star is one of those reads. The 42 year old actress talks about losing her mother Glenn to cancer, and also how it feels to be a woman without kids of her own. It’s refreshing and poignant.
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