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- And the winning word is: A 14-year-old from Florida wins the National Spelling Beeby Ayana Archie on June 2, 2023 at 4:06 am
Dev Shah won by correctly spelling "psammophile," a noun that is used to describe animals and plants that prefer to live in sandy soil environments
- Boeing finds new problems with Starliner space capsule and delays first crewed launchby Russell Lewis on June 2, 2023 at 1:26 am
Boeing was set to launch its first astronauts into space next month. But engineers found flammable tape and problems with the capsule's parachutes. The Starliner program has been plagued by delays.
- Facing severe water shortages, Arizona will curtail new development around Phoenixby Kirk Siegler on June 2, 2023 at 1:24 am
The state of Arizona today said it will no longer issue new development approvals based on groundwater alone.
- Ten states and scores of local governments sue FEMA over higher flood insurance ratesby Debbie Elliott on June 1, 2023 at 11:08 pm
The states - from the Gulf Coast, the west and Midwest - along with dozens of municipalities are trying to block rate hikes under the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Supreme Court ruled against a union, but left strikers rights protections untouchedby Nina Totenberg on June 1, 2023 at 9:02 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to business interests in a labor dispute. The court ruled against unionized drivers who walked off the job, leaving their trucks loaded with wet concrete.
- Adidas begins selling off Yeezy brand sneakers, 7 months after cutting ties with Yeby Kristin Wright,Jonathan Franklin on June 1, 2023 at 3:29 pm
The German firm is selling shoes created with Ye (formerly Kanye West) before his antisemitic remarks led to termination of the deal in October. Some of the proceeds will go to anti-racism nonprofits.
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- Do you crave deeper knowledge? Go Zen and learn to forgetby Big Think on June 1, 2023 at 3:00 pm
For the clarity of a “beginner’s mind” and a path to true and lasting wisdom, one must fully embrace "not-knowing."
- 4 philosophical answers to the meaning of lifeby Big Think on June 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm
Is there an ultimate answer to the age-old question? Here are four different solutions to the meaning of life.
- Starts With A Bangby Big Think on June 1, 2023 at 6:00 am
- Hawking radiation isn't just for black holes, study showsby Big Think on June 1, 2023 at 6:00 am
In 1974, Hawking showed that black holes aren't stable, but emit radiation and decay. Nearly 50 years later, it isn't just for black holes.
- The dangerous ideas of Diogenes the Cynic, history's most outlandish philosopherby Big Think on May 31, 2023 at 7:13 am
Diogenes engaged in shocking behavior to demonstrate the contradictions and sheer absurdity of prevailing social conventions.
- Dye Hard: How Blue Man Group Took Performance Art Mainstreamby Jake Rossen on June 1, 2023 at 9:33 pm
The Smurf-colored trio came up in the counterculture. Then Intel came calling.
- Canadian Woman Wins First Prize in Cheese-Rolling Race After Knocking Herself Unconsciousby Michele Debczak on June 1, 2023 at 8:16 pm
Nineteen-year-old Delaney Irving was unconscious when she crossed the finish line of Gloucester's 2023 cheese-rolling contest.
- You’re Not Mopping Your Floors Enoughon June 1, 2023 at 8:13 pm
Mopping may be a necessary task, but it’s not inherently clear how often we’re supposed to be making it happen. That’s why Mental Floss and Roborock have teamed up to get to the bottom of it.
- The 25 Best Children’s Books of All Timeby Ellen Gutoskey on June 1, 2023 at 8:00 pm
The best children’s books of all time include works by J.R.R. Tolkien, Maurice Sendak, Louisa May Alcott, and more.
- Scholars Have Released the First Words Chosen for The Oxford Dictionary of African American Englishby Jake Rossen on June 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm
The years-in-the-making Oxford Dictionary of African American English will offer proper attribution to words and phrases that originated in Black culture.
- Archetype Family: Thinking
- Other Expressions: Professional, Student, Scholar, Judge
- Life Journey: To pursue knowledge for the sake of discovering thruth in all areas of life.
- Unique Challenge: To recognize when I’ve locked myself into a line of thinking
based on my education or experience; to remain open to new ideas.
- Lesson To Learn: To learn to listen to my gut, and to discern the differences between reason and truth.
- Defining Grace: Wisdom
- Challenge To Self: I will avoid paralysis by analysis.
THE CRONE: The wise woman who hands down information to younger women on the path to womanhood. You can also become bitter, cranky and intolerant with age.
THE SEEKER: You are on a search for truth and wisdom wherever it can be found. You can also be a lost soul.
THE PHILOSOPHER: You are on a pursuit to better understand the meaning of life . You can also become too opinionated and “certain”.
THE THEOLOGIAN: You are passionate about the study of a particular religion. You can also be dogmatic.
THE JUDGE: You excel at mediation, arbitration and cutting through to the heart of the matter with compassion , fairness and balance. You can also be prone to excessive criticism, profiling, lack of compassion, misuse of laws.
THE INVENTOR: You are a modern day alchemist that converts matter into energy or energy into matter. You can apply your skills between the spiritual , entertainment or visionary realms. You can also use your knowledge to trick , manipulate, or alter facts or systems with criminal implications.
THE SCHOLAR/STUDENT: Scholars and students bring a lively curiosity with them wherever they go.
THE GEEK: Geeks and nerds are true to themselves, and because of this they can be inspiring as friends who don’t judge books by their covers or people by their shoes.
THE SCIENTIST: Scientists are able to keep several ideas in their heads at the same time. They are as happy listening as talking and are always up for an intelligent conversation.
In the Shadow - Meet the Shadowed members of the Intellectual Family. Everyone has a dark side, what is yours?
THE LIAR: When individuals whose stock and trade is their wisdom and knowledge cannot deliver the goods, they resort to fabrication, hiding behind their authority.
THE MISANTHROPE: While many Intellectuals are humanists, drawing information from all kinds of people and delighting in imparting wisdom to just as many, some are misanthropic.