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‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking<p>• Read an interview with Steven Pinker on Enlightenment Now here<p>What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that question as its title, Immanuel Kant answered that it consists of …

German Philosophy

Germany was once the witch-burning capital of the world. Here’s why

In 1572, the killings began. That year, authorities in the tiny settlement of St Maximin, in present-day Germany, charged a woman named Eva with using witchcraft to murder a child. Eva confessed under torture; she, along with two women she implicated, were burned at the stake.<p>The pace of …

Martin Luther

Will Letter Grades Survive?

Under pressure from an unprecedented constellation of forces—from state lawmakers to prestigious private schools and college admissions offices—the …

Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius

Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history<p>In 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met …

The Dutch East India Company was richer than Apple, Google and Facebook combined

<b>So how rich was the Dutch East India Company?</b><p>If you’re wondering what paid for all those nice canals and houses in Amsterdam, Leiden and Utrecht. …

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

<b>Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned.</b><p>"This is a planetary crisis... we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean," UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week.<p>But how does …

Pollution

Almost all plastic in the ocean comes from just 10 rivers

Most of the plastic in our oceans doesn't get dumped there directly, rivers carry it to the sea. As it turns out, a very small number of them do most …

Pollution
Pollution

Eco-friendly modular home is built from upcycled agricultural waste

‘Biological House’ was developed by a group of Danish firms<p>Copenhagen-based firm Een Til Een has developed a modular home out of materials upcycled from agricultural waste to create an eco-friendly building with a minimal carbon footprint.<p>Located in Middelfart, Denmark, and called the “Biological …

Can the return of 'wet play' stop our kids' obsession with screens?

As any parent can attest, the battle to prise children away from the glow of their screens seems endless. Nursery-age children now spend eight hours a week online, according to a new Ofcom report, with 65 per cent of three- to four-year-olds using tablets – up 10 per cent from last year.<p>Over a …

A Fatal First Voyage – How Europe’s Mightiest Warship Foundered Moments Into Her Inaugural Cruise

The pride of the Swedish navy, the <i>Vasa</i>, had a short career — a VERY short career. (Image source: WikiCommons)<p><i>“In a single gust of wind, Sweden’s</i> …

A New Study of 500,000 Teens Shows This Much Screen Time Doubles Their Risk of Depression

It takes less screen time than you probably imagine to seriously harm teens' mental health.<p>"Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" wondered celebrated sociologist Jean Twenge in <i>The Atlantic</i> earlier this year. It's a scary headline, so scary in fact that you're likely to ask: is Twenge just being …

A 400-year-old Mesoamerican map of Spanish colonization is now online for all to see

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, a manuscript dating back to the late 1500s, sounds like an artifact from an <i>Indiana Jones</i> movie. Essentially an ancient map of an area including present-day Mexico City and Puebla, it was created during a period when both Spanish colonizers and indigenous people were using …

Archaeology

When this feral child was found, his story threatened the hierarchy between human and animals

John of Liege was caught in the woods of Belgium<p>During the religious wars in Europe in the early 17th century, villagers in Liege, Belgium noticed a …

40 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Greater Determination and Perseverance

Looking for a burst of motivation when the going gets tough? These inspirational quotes will help you keep pursuing your dreams.<p>Without a doubt, a key quality every successful person has is perseverance: the grit and drive and will to keep pushing forward in spite of challenges and …

Motivation

Massive Infrastructure Projects Are Failing at Unprecedented Rates

Big fossil-fuel, mining, hydroelectric, and other "mega projects" are struggling thanks to competition from newer, cleaner technologies and a firestorm of market and civil forces.<p>Though few recognized it at the time, 2011 may mark a turning point for the era of building mega energy and mining …

Arunachal Pradesh

The Biggest Myth About the Protestant Reformation

The big, bad, backwards Catholic Church had it coming, and Europe's world-wide ascent was thanks to the opening of minds by Protestantism.<p>This month …

Theology

Bleak fortunes of 16th to 18th century Londoners revealed through scientific testing for Crossrail

MOLA team<br>22.10.2017<p>Our latest Crossrail archaeology book The New Churchyard is published. It reveals the results of the largest archaeological study …

Archaeology

The Ottoman Empire’s Life-or-Death Race

The executioners of the Ottoman Empire were never noted for their mercy; just ask the teenage Sultan Osman II, who in May 1622 suffered an …

World History

What Type Of Planner Do Your Students Use?

Are electronic school planners the way forward? Having homework data to hand enables all schools to identify the quality and

Teaching

Your Next Home Could Run on Batteries

In the near future, your home could be battery operated.<p>This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a growing roster of other states and municipalities experimenting with revamping their electrical grids for the 21st century.<p>You might not …

Clean Energy

Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

When I started teaching, I was incredibly traditional in terms of classroom management and discipline. In those early years, a clear code of conduct …

The Scandalous Witch Hunt That Poisoned 17th-Century France

The Affair of the Poisons was one to remember.<p>Beneath the gilt and glamor of King Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles wafted a terrible smell. The …

Grit needs to become a part of the school curriculum

I'm here to share excellent news with you, possibly the best news you've heard since learning that the ditto machine was being replaced by the copier.<p>…

Pedagogy

Perfect Critical Thinking Article For TOK Classes Published Today – Here Is How I’m Going To Use It

It’s a joy to teach IB Theory Of Knowledge classes, and I feel very lucky to be able to teach three periods of it.<p>Scientific American today published …

Get a Taste of PBL Before Your Students Do

When you design a powerful project-based learning (PBL) experience for your students, you should consider doing it yourself—there are many benefits. …

Japan's new mushroom solar farms produce sustainable energy and food

Japan’s agricultural sector could find a much-needed boost with an innovative approach to growing that combines solar power generation and mushroom …

The true story behind England’s tea obsession

A stiff upper lip and an almost genetic love of tea are what makes the English English. Except that the latter was actually influenced by a Portuguese woman.<p>Imagine the most English-English person you can think of. Now I’m fairly certain that no matter what picture you just conjured up, that person …

European Travel

Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems

Teachers intuitively know that giving feedback on student work is an important part of the learning process. Research on different learning …

Teaching

How Clear Expectations Can Inhibit Genuine Thinking in Students

<i>Excerpted with permission of the publisher Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand, from Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly</i> …

Pedagogy