Tuesday Links

  • What would it be like to live without physical pain? Pretty awful, actually, if this profile is any indication; my favorite line: “Pain is a gift, and she doesn’t have it.” Interestingly, the article also highlights the concern that if a person feels no physical pain, they’ll be emotionally painless too. It doesn’t seem like this happened with Ashlyn, but would be a really, really interesting research topic given what is known about the link between physical sensations and emotions (in one sentence: research seems to indicate that specific emotions – anger, happiness, pleasure – come after the physical sensation of those emotions; that is to say, emotions seem to be our way of deciphering specific signals from our body)
  • This scathing review – framed as an open letter full of questions — of Guy Fieri’s new, 500-seat restaurant in Times Square is amazing. When I had cable, I could get sucked into Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives just as much as the next person, but that was in spite of Fieri, not because of him
  • Your daily dose of inspring: A 15-year old engineering prodigy from Sierra Leone who taught himself how to make batteries and an FM radio
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