The closest thing I've had to a religious experience lately has been poring over the images in the Voyager Golden Record.
The VGR is perhaps the most comprehensive "outside view" of our lives on Earth. It's the selection of sounds and images chosen to represent our planet to extraterrestrials, l... (more)
Humans weren't always so facile with abstract concepts:
Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest.... (more)