Music as a window into the Autistic mind

Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 14, Jonathan Chase is an advocate, speaker, and mentor to young adults on the Autism Spectrum. “At its core, autism means someone whose brain is wired differently. We think differently and make different connections. Some of those connections are harder to understand because you can’t see the…

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Being a misfit

There’s a myth in most cultures about following your dreams. It’s called the hero’s journey. But I prefer a different myth, that’s slightly to the side of that or underneath it. It’s called the misfit’s myth. And it goes like this: even at the moment of your failure, right then, you are beautiful. You don’t…

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The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds

When seeking melodic inspiration, look no further than dawn and dusk avian orchestras or to the natural lilt of emphatic language. We are the audience and we are the composers and we take from these pieces we are given. We make, we make, we make, we make, knowing that when it comes to nature or language or soundscape, there is no end to…

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The mathematics of love

“… equations and symbols aren’t just a thing. They’re a voice that speaks out about the incredible richness of nature and the startling simplicity in the patterns that twist and turn and warp and evolve all around us, from how the world works to how we behave”

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What’s so sexy about math?

These stories show that mathematics is able to make us go out of our intuition measure the Earth which seems infinite, see atoms which are invisible or detect an imperceptible variation of shape. And if there is just one thing that you should take home from this talk, it is this: mathematics allows us to…

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