Anthony horton

Dude, Where’s My Brain Chip?

Places:  Our Brains on Change It’s a biological fact: our amygdala, those tiny almond-shaped parts of our brains, are attuned to sense threats and react with fear. This ancient and primitive response mechanism flares up with every new societal shift or technological advance. But fear isn’t the only driver—power dynamics play a crucial role too. […]

Rediscovering Punk Rock Roots Through Green Day’s “Saviors”

Places: A Nostalgic Journey From OG Bands To Contemporary Punk. This past weekend, I listened (several times, start-to-finish) to Green Day’s recently released album, Saviors. I was immediately transported back to the raw, electrifying atmosphere of my youth—a time when The Clash and The Ramones were not just bands, but revolutions happening in real time. […]

Unpaved and the Echoes of Awe: Unraveling the 8 Wonders of Life

Places:  Placed of Awe, Life and Health On the cusp of releasing my novel Unpaved, a narrative with threads of nature’s awe and the raw connections it fosters, I am compelled to reflect on a recent study that resonates with the core of my storytelling. Dacher Keltner’s research into the ‘8 Wonders of Life,’ a […]

The Iron Cowboy Rides Through My Ego: A Humbling Tale of True Grit

Places:  The Unknown Places Beyond Our Self-Imposed Limits. As someone who has survived the grueling ordeal of an Ironman, I considered myself part of an elite group of endurance athletes. That is, until I stumbled upon the monumental saga of James “Iron Cowboy” Lawrence and his mind-boggling journey documented in “Redefine Impossible.” Suddenly, my single […]

The Embodiment of Talent That Is Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Places: A Week Of Acting Brilliance On Two Continents Earlier this month, in the UK, I was fortunate enough to view the National Theatre’s livestream of Andrew Scott’s unparalleled performance in “Vanya,” described as Simon Stephens’s radical adaptation of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” Scott delivers a solo version of this play in a performance that is […]

“A Feast for the Soul: Delving into ‘Hunger’s’ Cinematic Banquet of Ambition and Identity

Hunger

Places: “Hunger” Lives At A Junction Where Art And Metaphor Cross Paths. “Hunger,” a 2023 Thai drama directed by Sitisiri Mongkolsiri and written by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, emerges as a unique cinematic exploration of class and gender disparities, ambition, and the multifaceted roles of cuisine and gastronomy. The film stars Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying as Aoy, a street-food […]

Contemplating The Unobservable: Awareness, Quantum Mechanics, and the Singularity

Ray Kurzweil New York Times Best Selling Author

Places: Places We Sense But Cannot Touch or Observe At the intersection of human awareness and quantum mechanics lies a fascinating and peculiar crossroad that is constantly evolving. I recently read George Musser’s enlightening work, “Incorporating Ourselves into the Equation: How Physicists are Investigating Human Consciousness and AI to Unravel the Universe’s Mysteries.” This book […]

From Space Invaders to Samurai: A Late Gamer’s Journey into the Heart of Elden Ring

Elden Ring

Places:  The Fantastical World Of Video Games, The Almost-Real Places That Today’s Role Playing Games Take Us To. As a Gen X growing up, video games were simple. The likes of PacMan and Space Invaders ruled the screens, their straightforward objectives and controls a far cry from the intricate worlds my daughter navigated on her […]

Embracing the Serenity of Water: A Swimmer’s Reflection on Nature’s Calm

Open Water Swimming

Places:  In The Water Or By The Water –  A Place That Naturally Relaxes. As an open water swimmer, my relationship with water extends beyond the physicality of swimming in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, participating in my usual distance of 1-mile in a Swim Across America open water event or […]

Rediscovering Hothouse Flowers: A Personal Journey through Timeless Music

Hothouse Flowers

Places: Music Can Take Us Back To Places Deep In Our Memories. More than 30 years ago, I stumbled upon the mesmerizing sounds of the Irish band Hothouse Flowers, and their music became a constant companion. Tracks like “Don’t Go” and “I Can See Clearly Now” found a permanent place in my playlists, creating a […]