Author of the provacative book Time Warp on the fascinating puzzle of time perception. An award-winning broadcaster, writer, psychology lecturer, BBC World Service Radio and BBC World News TV presenter
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Philippe Petit: Just "a long walk on a high path"
Engaging choreographer Elizabeth Streb about whether movement "must be extreme" so "people will notice it as action," Philippe Petit took a different view of exercising suzerainty, of owning the moment. The Artsmeme blog:
In amazingly fluent English, Petit rejoined, 'I never take risks. I’m very tired of those words: risk-taker. dare-devil. I take a long walk on a high path in the sky. That poetry is not extreme — it’s exquisite, enigmatic....'
'I am not chancing my life by walking the wire. I am carrying my life across the wire.'
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Tiffany Shlain’ s new 8 minute film The Science of Character (#CharacterDay) explores what determines your character and identifies core virtues that lead to a meaningful life. The film identifies 24 character strengths (and 7 in particular) that when practiced and developed, could lead to these virtues. Think about it – what are your top 5 strengths and how can you help share other people’s character, too? Character matters. Become the best version of yourself.