" It is the stillest words which bring the storm. Thoughts that come with doves' footsteps guide the world. "
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

American patriot Paul Revere was a member of the Sons of Liberty and a participant in the Boston Tea Party, but he is chiefly remembered for his late-night horseback ride to warn the Massachusetts colonists that British soldiers were setting forth on the mission that, as it turned out, began the American Revolution. Two others also rode out with the news, but it is Revere who is celebrated as the midnight rider, despite having been captured before reaching his final destination. Why is this?



Human Multitasking

Though some people might appear or claim to be able to comfortably handle several tasks simultaneously, research has largely shown that multitasking is an illusion. Studies have revealed that, at most, the brain can fully concentrate on two tasks at a timeā€”one for each lobe. Behavior that appears to be multitasking is instead most likely either a form of continuous partial attention or a rapid switching between tasks. What makes driving particularly incompatible with cell phone use?

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James McCune Smith

Smith was the first African American to obtain a medical degree and operate a pharmacy in the US. Denied admission to American colleges due to racial discrimination, he studied in Scotland, obtaining a series of degrees. After returning to New York, he became the first professionally trained black physician in the country. He wrote forcefully against common misconceptions and false notions about race, science, and medicine and once used statistics to refute what argument about slaves?

Last updated on Thursday, 18th April 2013

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