Consumption is about throwing away the past. But to engage with the world we must engage with the past through art and reading. It gives you a critique of your own life, and you realise: “I’m not doing anything. Human beings are capable of amazing things and I’m just sucking things up.”
I’ve come across this image a couple times and I wondered if this was actually true, so I looked it up and came across this page:
The second-most upvoted response by Filmzy had this citation:
Stephenson (1967) trained adult male and female rhesus monkeys to avoid manipulating an object and then placed individual naïve animals in a cage with a trained individual of the same age and sex and the object in question. In one case, a trained male actually pulled his naïve partner away from the previously punished manipulandum during their period of interaction, whereas the other two trained males exhibited what were described as “threat facial expressions while in a fear posture” when a naïve animal approached the manipulandum. When placed alone in the cage with the novel object, naïve males that had been paired with trained males showed greatly reduced manipulation of the training object in comparison with controls. Unfortunately, training and testing were not carried out using a discrimination procedure so the nature of the transmitted information cannot be determined, but the data are of considerable interest.
Sources: Stephenson, G. R. (1967). Cultural acquisition of a specific learned response among rhesus monkeys. In: Starek, D., Schneider, R., and Kuhn, H. J. (eds.), Progress in Primatology, Stuttgart: Fischer, pp. 279-288.
I’m not sure if the anecdote in the image referenced the citation above, although they sound similar. (I still think the ladder story is a bit of a myth, similar to a lot of like-and-share content on the Internet, but I suppose I can see some people act in the same manner.)
Interview with Helen Frankenthaler
A short interview with good advice for artists.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.Thomas A. Edison
Arsenio Hall vs pro-gay rights protesters.
Via comment (/u/King_of_Avalon) from Reddit thread “What is the most insane interview you’ve ever seen on television?”