In our ongoing series, A More Perfect Union, we show how what unites us as Americans is far greater than what divides us. Today, we visit the political battleground of Ohio. A simple but unusual hobby is spreading across the Buckeye State. Residents are picking up and passing along colorful stones to share random acts of kindness. You don’t throw them, you paint them – then place them for others to find. It is a trend that’s exploded in northeast Ohio, providing a foundation for common ground in a state that’s had its fair share of division, reports CBS News’ Dana Jacobson. More from the series: How teens and Boston cops are finding common ground How a man’s chance encounter with a little girl gave him new purpose in life Two Georgia churches with painful history try to help bridge racial divide At the University of Mount Union, painted rocks are hidden in plain sight – on a bench, beside a tree and atop the popular “kissing … [Read more...] about Find a rock, paint a rock, hide a rock
Paintings depicting noisy dogs
The Old Shepherd's Chief Mourner-Edwin Landseer 1837 I have always been very fond of this painting and moved by the obvious emotional bond and loyalty that the dog clearly seems to feel for his master. There is no doubt that a dog in this situation would be feeling sorrow, perhaps depression, and a deep sense of loss. However behavioral scientists often debate the question as to whether dogs actually feel grief when a loved one dies. Those that doubt it suggest that grief requires some concept of the nature and implications of death. This is beyond the mental ability of human children before the age of four or five years, and since evidence suggests that mentally and emotionally dogs are equivalent to humans aged two to three years of age (click here or here to read more about this topic) this would imply that dogs do not yet have the capacity to understand that concept as well. To get an idea as to what may be going on in a dog's head when a loved one dies we can look at what … [Read more...] about Do Dogs Grieve Over a Lost Loved One?
Source: Alice and Martin Provensen/Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 One of the easiest ways to start a heated debate is to raise the issue of whether dogs or cats are better and more satisfactory pets. There actually is some scientific data which has been collected on this issue, and it suggests that, although both dogs and cats provide joy and companionship to their humans, dogs are more emotionally satisfying, and dogs are also more universally preferred. Confirmation that dogs are valued more than cats shows up in a variety of different statistics. For example, among American pet owners, dogs are taken to the vet twice as frequently as cats (even though there is no medical justification for this difference). Furthermore, the emotional investment that we have in dogs shows up in the fact that dog owners are more likely than cat owners to follow their veterinarian's medical care recommendations, and dogs are more likely to receive preventative care, such as vaccinations, regular physical … [Read more...] about Do People Love Their Dogs or Cats More?
There were a few nights in Dunwich, where the owner of the B&B kept telling her guests they were lucky to have found a room. Walking Dunwich Beach, showing his daughter wintering geese through binoculars so heavy they made her laugh, the man was glad they were not in Southwold or Walberswick. They were not so hemmed in by visitors. Each evening they had fish and chips or pub grub. Each night after she had gone to bed he hacked into next door's wifi to check his messages and monitor the forums. On Thursday night he woke her. It was not long after midnight. 'Come on lovey,' he said. 'Keep it down. Let's not get anyone else up.' 'I hate you,' she said into her pillow. 'I know,' he said. 'Come on. Don't bring your phone.' There was not much on the roads. Still, Dughan took them roundabout ways, through Blythborough, on the A145 towards Uggeshall, past still diggers where roads were being widened. 'Where are we going?' the girl asked, only once. She hunkered; she wouldn't ask him to … [Read more...] about Covehithe by China Miéville
Science fiction tells us more about society now than it can ever tell us about the future. As we speak, a whole generation of computer engineers is projecting visions of the world onto our shared electronic infrastructure. Social life, buying and selling, mating, bonding, eating, keeping fit: all these essential activities have come to be structured around technical conduits. This is the real-life science fiction of the market: engineers propose and naturally selective consumers dispose. black hole Source: Event Horizon Telescope Over and above this technical-industrial-practical complex, we are in the marketplace of dreams; those visions of a future after money, upon Mars, after the next bomb. These worlds are best understood on the big screen, because cinema reveals our dreams. And while movies about Artificial Intelligence or urban dystopias from Blade Runner (1982) to Total Recall (1990) reveal our hopes and fears, it is space movies that deliver a congealed image of our … [Read more...] about The Psychology of Space Films
"Au Salon de la rue des Moulins" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1894). "Au Salon de la rue des Moulins" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1894). Photo: Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec/Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, France Photo: Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec/Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, France Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 "Au Salon de la rue des Moulins" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1894). "Au Salon de la rue des Moulins" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1894). Photo: Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec/Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, France Yes, Toulouse-Lautrec was an alcoholic cabaret creature - but his art ranged far beyond the demimonde 1 / 7 Back to Gallery PARIS - Of the major shows now … [Read more...] about Yes, Toulouse-Lautrec was an alcoholic cabaret creature – but his art ranged far beyond the demimonde