In this week’s #GeekReads: does science diminish nature’s wonder; empathizing with puppets; building trust between police and teens; expanding our concept of “cosmopolitanism”; reading as a form of creative osmosis.
Unweaving the rainbow. By demystifying the natural world, does science diminish our sense of awe? Two poets explore the subject. From Nina Martyris via Nautilus.
Sharing is caring. A study finds that children as young as three exhibit surprising levels of concern for others – even when those others are puppets. From Max Planck Gesellshaft via Psy Post.
Operation Conversation. A new program brings New York City police and teenagers together to build mutual respect, trust, and empathy. From Katie Reilly via Business Insider.
The cosmopolitan pariah. What does it mean to be a 21st century cosmopolitan? In examining political theorist Hannah Arendt’s complex legacy, James McAuley argues that her status as a pariah made her a citizen of many worlds. Via Aeon.
Stylistic osmosis. Reading provides creative fuel to inspire different writing styles and helps writers find their narrative voice. From Joe Fassier via The Atlantic.
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