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How Hokusai’s Great Wave came into the world

Author: Angus Lockyer (London, UK) Source: The Conversation. By the time Katsushika Hokusai painted The Great Wave he was already a celebrity in Japan. The iconic print was produced in 1831 as part of a print series, Thirty-Six Views of Mt Fuji, when the Japanese artist was 71 years...

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The Real Message of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Author: Jerome Groopma, a staff writer since 1998, writes primarily about medicine and biology. He holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is the chief of experimental medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Source: The New...

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The magical appeal of Harry Potter

Source: Susan Reibel Moore for Mercatornet In 1997 children in Year 4 at a local Sydney girls’ school told me that I had to read a novel called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  To explain why, they told me that its hero, a young boy of eight...

Poetry, music and identity – Jorge Drexler

One night in 2002, a friend gave Jorge Drexler the chorus to a song and challenged him to write the rest of it using a complex, poetic form known as the "Décima." In this fascinating talk, Drexler examines the blended nature of identity, weaving together...

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Breaking Free From Identity Politics

Source: Stephen Adubato “Who am I?” Throughout time, humans have been both perplexed and fascinated by the complex variety of answers that only began to crack open the mystery of the human person. The growing acceptance of identity politics, however, would indicate that the answers may be much...

This Will Revolutionize Education

Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education?...

Using our practical wisdom

In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely....

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The Psychology of Social Media

Author: Yolanda Wikiel. Source: Real Simple. What is it about screens that keeps our eyes transfixed and fingers a-tappin’? Psychologist Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of “Alone, Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other,” explains...

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I’m Thinking. Please. Be Quiet.

Author: George Prochnik Source: New York Times SLAMMING doors, banging walls, bellowing strangers and whistling neighbors were the bane of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer’s existence. But it was only in later middle age, after he had moved with his beloved poodle to the commercial hub of Frankfurt,...