In 2005, novelist David Foster Wallace stepped onto the podium at Kenyon College and delivered one of the best graduation speeches of all time. Wallace’s speech was later turned into a short book titled This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life.
Carl Gustav Jung was a prominent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. He coined popular psychological concepts including the collective unconscious, and extraversion and introversion personality types. In 1959, BBC’s Face to Face TV series aired a 40-minute interview with Carl Jung at the old age of 84
On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old medical student, worked his usual morning shift at St. Mary’s Hospital and took an afternoon train from Paddington Station to Oxford in preparation for a one-mile race against Oxford University. For nearly a decade up till that day, Bannister ran mostly
In 1939, Hitler’s Nazi Germany launched an aerial bombing attack on Warsaw, Poland, that would trigger World War II. Shortly afterwards, the Allies retaliated by dropping bombs across Germany, but the vast majority of bombs failed to hit enemy targets. As Nazi Germany continued to relentlessly bomb and destroy
On November 25th 1915, Albert Einstein presented his general theory of relativity—the by-product of almost a decade’s dedicated work—to the Prussian Academy of Sciences. This two-page masterpiece would propel Einstein to global fame, and cement his legacy as one of the greatest physicists of all-time. A few
Shortly after midnight on September 26, 1983, the world nearly came to an end. A few hours earlier, Stanislav Petrov—a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces—began his shift as the duty officer at Serpukhov-15, a secret command center near Moscow where the Soviet military monitored early-warning
In 2011, Mina Cikara, a social psychologist at Harvard University, recruited 18 hardcore baseball fans who supported either the Red Sox or Yankees—arguably the fiercest rivalry in American sports. 6 Cikara, Mina; Botvinick, Matthew M.; Fiske, Susan T. (2011-03-01). “Us Versus Them Social Identity Shapes Neural Responses to