I believe traveling carnivals are worthy of study because they operate so close to the heartbeat of local epicenters -- neighborhoods, churches, commercial hubs. At that spot they increase the pulse with sights, sounds, tastes and thrills.
Whole books have been written making the case for having it all or not having it all. Many navigate the debate by saying you can have it all, but not at the same time. Honestly, that's a cop out. Change your relationship with time and you do get to have it all.
God knows who came up with the notion that wisdom automatically comes with age but my guess is that the culprit was probably someone who felt the need to make aging seem like it had at least one benefit.
I keep coming back to the question, "how much is enough?" Now you may think that's a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on the subject.
Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.
Humankind's fascination with time travel dates back thousands of years, and although many people believe that time travel is strictly science fiction, it is not. Actually, as odd as this may sound, we are all time travelers.
Realism is the philosophical stance of most sane human beings, scientists included. An independent reality, it now appears, has become the latest casualty of quantum mechanics. The universe is nonlocal, nondeterministic, and apparently "unreal" as well.
A lot of people don't like magic because it make them feel stupid, but getting fooled by magic tricks says little about your intelligence. Indeed, the annals of science are replete with accounts of brilliant professors taken in by dime-store swindles.