: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture
When I graduated from high school and left home to go to art school, I was one of those kids who ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. My diet consisted of fast food, pizza, ramen noodle packs, tacos, hot dogs, ice cream, sodas, and beers. I was on my own for the first time in my life, and I did things I couldn’t do before, just because now I can! Of course, that was just a phase. Eventually I came to my senses and cleaned up my act. I had things to do, places to be, and goals to accomplish, and to do all these I first needed to learn to take care of myself.
The information we consume is not unlike our physical diet. In fact, it’s almost exactly the same. We are what we eat, and our minds are made of what we see, hear, and read everyday – a “cerebral diet”, if you will.
Thanks to the Internet, we are now entering an era when we have the ability to obtain any information we want, whenever we want. Like that kid who left home for college, many of us went directly for a cerebral diet of junk food, just because, for the first time in human history, now we can! “Epic fail” compilations, cute animal pictures and clips, Farmville and Candy Crush, just to name a few. Yes, they are fun and harmless, and did I mention that they’re fun? But then what? At some point we’ll have to realize that if we want to propel ourselves in life, it might be a good idea to add some broccoli and carrots to our cerebral diet.
The Internet likes memes. The Internet likes cats. The Internet likes memes with cats. Now, if the Internet learned something about string theory, the Internet might like it too!
I leave you with this inspiring TED talk featuring String Theorist Brian Greene. He’ll tell you why our universe possibly has 11 dimensions 😉