Art Pour L’Art: The Origins of Creativity

Although the great monuments built by past civilizations are often the subject of wonder and admiration, no less wondrous are the feats achieved by our Palaeolithic ancestors living around the world tens of thousands of years ago. One example of these achievements is the literal invention of art, the precise origins of which have long mystified and intrigued researchers. Why … Read More

Andy Kaufman, Experience Design, and Caring About Your Audience

Andy Kaufman was an American entertainment marvel most active in the 1970s and 1980s. He is famous for his quirky sitcom characters, his on-stage gags involving co-conspirators from the audience, for wrestling a number of women as well as Jerry “The King” Lawler (pictured), and for dying of cancer at a very young age. Aside from his work that has … Read More

Optimism, vision, and the death of a Disney dream

You might not have heard of Peter Thiel, but he’s kind of a big deal in Silicon Valley. He co-founded PayPal with Elon Musk, was an early investor in Facebook, and currently manages an impressive investment portfolio that includes companies like SpaceX, Airbnb, Spotify, Asana, and Oculus. In short, Peter Thiel knows what it takes to start a business from scratch and grow … Read More