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"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another." author Toni Morrison (1931- 05.08.2019)

“If I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me”; Nora Ephron, author/comedian

"Make your story count". Michelle Obama

"Social pain is understood through the lens of racial animus". Researcher/author Sean McElwee writing in Salon, 2016

"We are citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear."  Chelsea Manning; activist/whisleblower

“My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you, And no fascist minded people, like you, will drive me from it. Is that clear?” Paul Robeson; activist/singer

“We have a system of justice in this country that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent”. from civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?” Frederick Douglass, WHAT TO THE SLAVE IS 4TH JULY? 07.05.1852 (full text in blog)

Senator Elizabeth Warren "We're a country that is built on our differences; that is our strength, not our weakness"

 

"We are more alike than we are different"v  Maya Angelou

As a Black writer, I was expected to accept the role of victim. That made it difficult in the beginning to be a writer.      James Baldwin

I often feel that there must have been something that I should’ve done that I didn’t do. But I can’t identify what it is that I didn’t do. That’s the first difficulty. And the second is, what makes you think you’re it?   

         Harry Belafonte, activist and singer at 89

 

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble; It's what you know for sure that just ainst so.

Mark Twain

 

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore

 

 You can’t defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions

Pope Francis:

 

"I don't have to be what you want me to be". Muhammad Ali

"The Secret of Living Well and Longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure"  attributed to Tibetan sources

Recent audio posts include interviews with Rumi interpreter Shahram Shiva, London-based author Aamer Hussein, South African Muslim scholar, professor Farid Esack, and Iraqi journalist Nermeen Al-Mufti's brief account of Kirkuk City history. Your comments on our blogs are always welcome.

 

Radio, Science and Your Brain: by Physicist Michio Kaku

2014-11-24

by Barbara Nimri Aziz

I’ve decided to learn as much as I can about brain physics. No, I haven’t been diagnosed with a frightening disease. I’m reading “The Future of the Mind” by Michio Kaku.

Besides being a renowned theoretical physicist and teacher, Kaku is someone with whom I shared an affection for radio and the airwaves of 99.5 fm. in New York where we both produced weekly programs at WBAI Radio. For more than 25 years, he’s been hosting “Explorations” (airing 2-3 p.m. Saturdays) which is now nationally syndicated.

One of the first journalistic science programs in the US (mid-1980s), “Explorations” was initially a forum exposing the dangers of nuclear energy and advocating anti-nuclear policies. Kaku also wrote about that, while his radio show grew into a review of cutting edge science where he spoke directly with leading researchers and addressed listeners’ questions by phone.

The best way to make science comprehensible is through public dialogues like “Explorations”; it was surely the foundation of Kaku’s emergence as a leading popularizer of science. In “The Future of the Mind”, Kaku’s interviews with fellow scientists integrate an enormous range of research. (He credits more than 200 scientists, many interviewed over WBAI airwaves, in his latest book.)

In 2001, Kaku extended his reach, hosting “Parallel Universes”, a television series on the cosmos. (His books had already attracted a large audience: “Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension”, and “Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century and Beyond” were followed in 2008 by the even more daring “Physics of the Impossible”.) As his influence grew and he became a frequent guest on mainstream television, Kaku remains anchored in radio.

This man can make the fantastic (but not impossible) intellectually appealing to the average person. Heh, if he inspires me to learn more about my brain, imagine how young people respond. It’s all the more fun with his frequent invocation of phenomenon we’ve seen depicted in Sci-Fi films.

Although we will doubtless hear much more from this brilliant physicist/journalist, Kaku’s “The Future of the Mind” may represent the zenith of a career that integrates disparate fields of research and demonstrates commonality between the laws of physics, the cosmos, and the human brain.

In the introduction to his latest bestseller, Kaku writes: “There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly the same as the number of neurons in our brain. You may have to travel 24 trillion miles to the first star outside our solar system to find an object as complex as what is sitting on your shoulders. The mind and the universe pose the greatest scientific challenge of all… one is concerned with the vastness of outer space, the other with inner space…the mind...”.  Wow!

 

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