The Dancing Species: How Moving Together In Time Helps Make Us Human

Researchers are discovering the vital role played by bodily movement not only in the evolution of the human species, but in the present-day social and psychological development of healthy individuals. Dancing provides humans with the opportunity to learn how their movements matter. They can become aware of how the movements they make are training them – or not – to cultivate the sensory awareness required to empathize across species and with the Earth itself.

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Power Is Everywhere, But Love Is Supreme

“We live in an age in which military power is always viewed as the ultimate form or the highest form of power that can allow people to exert their will, as collectives, as nations, as peoples. But intellectual power, moral power, spiritual power, those are the “weak” and “feeble” kinds of power, which in the end could be the most powerful.” – Cornel West

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Nevada Gov. Signs Bill To Restore Voting Rights To People Released From Prison

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday signed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that will restore the voting rights of convicted felons, a measure he says will enfranchise 77,000 people. The bill will go into effect July 1 and will automatically restore a person’s voting rights once they are released from prison and complete their parole.

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A New Partnership Aims To Engage Youth In Realizing Our Civic Purpose

Chicago Public Schools and the Aspen Institute are working together to highlight Chicago students’ perspectives of what every American should know to be powerful civic actors in our democracy, and to demonstrate how students are translating their knowledge into action in their communities.

Via: The Aspen Institute


All In The Same Boat

On the Outlaw Country Cruise, music taps into a deeper sense of shared humanity rendered all the more precious in this time of particularly intense division. Yes, the idea of “outlaw” means drinking and partying and carrying on and playing tunes without fear of reprisal, but for a few days, it can also mean a deeper well of forgiveness, a release of vindictiveness, and a realization that maybe music actually can be our Great Equalizer.

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Tiny, Perfect Things: A Lyrical Illustrated Invitation To Presence

Apprehend the small wonders that strew the everyday: the yellow leaf blown to the ground, the smiling face of a neighbor, the spider laboring at her web, the red feather in a passerby’s hat, the snail triumphant atop the fence, the pale, luminous moon against the nocturne.

Via: Brain Pickings


Lil Nas X: Inside The Rise Of A Hip-Hop Cowboy

“It was the first song I genuinely formulated,” Lil Nas says. “I was like, ‘I gotta make it short, I gotta make it catchy, I gotta have quotable lines that people want to use as captions.’ Especially with the ‘horses in the back’ line, I was like, ‘This is something people are gonna say every day.’ ” Already, he was thinking about the memes.

Via: Rolling Stone


Green Shoots In The Future Of Voting

Uncompromising resistance to voter suppression has to go hand-in-hand with proactive efforts to extend the franchise. If we are only engaged in the fight against suppression, “we are only doing half of what’s possible.” Lowering the voting age to 16, different kinds of civics education, the availability of modern voting systems that provide paper back-up and the positive results of automatic and same-day voter registration are all increasing turnout.

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