Fridays @ Five: Five Things We Loved this Week
Every Friday, we send out an exclusive list of five unique or interesting things we’ve found (or explored) around the web during the week.
It may include books, gadgets, albums, articles, new hacks/tricks, and — of course — all sorts of weird stuff we dig up around the web. It’s often focused on Intuitive things and personal growth. Please feel free to spread the word with friends who would also enjoy.
Here’s some great stuff to check out over the coming weekend…
Wendigos are terrifying. Basically, they are the result of humans who have partaken in cannibalism for any reason. Wendigos are a monster/evil spirit whose lore is mostly found in Algonquin-speaking native tribes throughout the northeastern United States and Canada. It interests me that wendigos, and creatures like them, are a necessary story in many cultures. They definitely serve the purpose of deterring humans from eating other humans, but it makes me wonder about the other kinds of stories told within a cultural context that serve a specific purpose. Can you think of stories that exist in our cultural to serve a similar mechanism? Let me know in the comments. Click here to read the Wendigo wikipedia page.
2. DEATH BY UTOPIA
In the early 1970s, a scientist named John Calhoun constructed a utopia for mice. They didn’t have to fight for resources or space, and could spend their mice lives doing whatever they pleased. Each variation of this experiment was referred to as “Universe” with a number assigned to each one… ie. “Universe 1,” “Universe 2,” etc. Calhoun created 100 of these experimental universes. Universes 1-24 could sustain a small population of rats or mice for any amount of time, without any noticeable changes in behavior. Universes 25-100 were designed to provide for any population increase of rats within the container. Universe 25 is considered the most well known, with rat behavior reaching a peak of around 2,200 before plummeting into extinction. Calhoun observed that female rats who produced young would often attack and kill their own offspring, while another portion of female rats refused to reproduce at all. Unlike the previous 24 universes, the rats divided into two distinct groups: ones who displayed aggressive behavior towards their peers and offspring, and a group that didn’t reproduce and spent their days behaving in a very meek manner, or repeatedly bathing themselves. This pattern of behavior continued for all of the following universe iterations. Since the publication of the experiment’s findings, Calhoun’s “behavioral sink” has been used as evidence for the potentially disastrous effects of overpopulation in the human world. Calhoun didn’t want his work to be seen as a doomsday prophecy, however- he wanted to figure out how we can adapt our environment in a suitable way for a growing world.
3. LUCA, OUR OLDEST ANCESTOR
Our first ancestor may have only been “half-alive.” LUCA, or the Last Universal Common Ancestor, is thought to be the first organism that eventually gave way to all life on Earth. It wasn’t a being in the way that we would think of one- it was mostly a cloud of proteins living at the bottom of the ocean. It left no footprints or fossils, but its genes can be found in almost all life on our planet. There is some debate as to whether or not it was truly “half living,” or if it was the first organism on Earth- but most scientists who weighed in on LUCA agree that it was, in fact, *our* LUCA. What do you think of LUCA? I find it really interesting that our last common ancestor was an oceanic blob. It’s certainly humbling. Click here to read the article.
4. 50 WAYS TO SHOW GRATITUDE
We’re thinking about doing our podcast this week on gratitude. I found a very comprehensive list on different ways to show gratitude to different people in our lives on Tiny Buddha. I try to show appreciation for the people in my life, but this post has given me some solid tips that I’ll have to start implementing. Click here to read the article.
5. ZACH ANNER
Antonia loves Zach Anner. We will regularly sit around and watch several episodes of Workout Wednesdays in a row. I didn’t include his channel because it’s super deep or iNtuitive, but he’s such an amazingly positive person. And he’s hilarious. Zach has muscular dystrophy, and despite being born with a genuinely awful condition, he remains inspiring and delightful. Our favorites are the very first Workout Wednesday, and the WW where he climbs up a flight of stairs.
So there you have it. Of course these picks reflect some of my personal biases and interests – but having hung around the Personality Hacker community for a while now – and being personal growth focused – I’m pretty sure you will find at least one thing from the above list to be interesting.
Also – leave a comment or your thoughts below. Love to hear what you think.
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