A TEDTalk by Christopher Ryan
An idea permeates our modern view of relationships: that men and woman have always paired off in sexually exclusive relationships. But before the dawn of agriculture, humans may have been actually quite promiscuous. Author Christopher Ryan walks us through the controversial evidence that human beings are sexual omnivores by nature, in hopes that a more nuanced understanding may put an end to discrimination, shame and the kind of unrealistic expectations that kill relationships.
when people casually mention something you’re completely obsessed with and it takes every fuckin ounce of your self control not to propel yourself into the stars and scream for the rest of eternity about how much you love the thing
“I find many adults are put off when young children pose scientific questions. Why is the Moon round? the children ask. Why is grass green? What is a dream? How deep can you dig a hole? When is the world’s birthday? Why do we have toes? Too many teachers and parents answer with irritation or ridicule, or quickly move on to something else: ‘What did you expect the Moon to be, square?’ Children soon recognize that somehow this kind of question annoys the grown-ups. A few more experiences like it, and another child has been lost to science. Why adults should pretend to omniscience before 6-year-olds, I can’t for the life of me understand. What’s wrong with admitting that we don’t know something? Is our self-esteem so fragile?”—
I love taking these opportunities to encourage kids to be inquisitive! It’s so goof to show children that you don’t know the answers to everything, and teach them how to research the answers to their questions. Showing children that you, even as a parent/teacher, are still a learner is important for creating strong, balanced relationships based on a shared interest in gaining knowledge, ideas & skills together
“The immense distances to the stars and the galaxies mean that we see everything in space in the past – some as they were before the Earth came to be. Telescopes are time machines.”—Carl Sagan (via galaxyclusters)