"They say that you’re supposed to stand up to bullies, but there’s not much you can do when the whole class is like that."
“Why do they make fun of you?”
“Let’s see. My weight, obviously. The fact that I read for fun. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy. I watch Nova. I don’t like sports. You know those loud, obnoxious kids you see hanging out in groups, screaming at people? That’s my whole school.”
“So what do they do to you?”
“Just yell at me and throw stuff at me. But I am proud of one thing. Most kids who get picked on completely spaz out at some point, and get violent. That hasn’t happened to me yet.”
Charles Eames ca. 1950
Natural designs embodied in Mojave Desert plants fascinated Eames, who liked to mount them on the wall of his studio. From them, he said, he would get inspiration for his own designs. The eames studio was fitted with a 22’ long tack board for such specimens and other experimental designs.
Positive emotion [is] a really interesting state because in many ways it’s one of the most powerful things that evolution has built for us. If we look at early writings of Charles Darwin, he prominently features these feelings of love, admiration, laughter. So early on we see observations of them, and have some sense that they’re really critical for our survival, but when you look at the subsequent scientific study of emotion, it lagged far behind. Indeed, most of the research in human emotion really began with studying negative emotions, trying to build taxonomies, understand cognitive appraisals, physiological signatures, and things like anger, and fear, and disgust. For good reason, we wanted to understand human suffering and hopefully try to ameliorate it.Psychologist June Gruber on the scientific study of positive emotion. Complement with positive psychology pioneer Martin Seligman on learned optimism and neuroscientist Tali Sharot on the science of our optimism bias. (via explore-blog)
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