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BBC Four - Mothers, Murderers and Mistresses: Empresses of Ancient Rome - Women and Power: The Empresses of Ancient Rome

<b>By Professor Catharine Edwards</b><p>Female members of the imperial family, the wives, daughters - and particularly - mothers of Roman emperors are some of the most colourful characters of Rome in the early imperial age; as described by our major sources - the Roman authors Tacitus and Suetonius.<p>In …

Physicists investigate the structure of time, with implications for quantum mechanics and philosophy

(Phys.org)—Although in theory it may seem possible to divide time up into infinitely tiny intervals, the smallest physically meaningful interval of …

The Extent of the Roman Empire

Time has seen the rise and fall of a number of great empires - the Babylonian, the Assyrian, the Egyptian, and lastly, the Persian. Regardless of the …

Why Trust A Theory? Physicists And Philosophers Debate The Scientific Method

This week, a group of about 100 physicists and philosophers have gathered in Munich to reassess a question at the heart of science: “Why trust a theory?” In an opinion piece by George Ellis and Joe Silk, published in Nature earlier this year, the two physicists expressed worry about current …

How Humanism lost its way in a charismatic crusade – Michael Ruse

In February this year, there was a clash of Titans. In one corner, Richard Dawkins, former Oxford professor, Darwinian biologist, brilliant science …

Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality" -Carl Sagan<p>It appears that we are approaching a unique time in the history of man and science where empirical measures and deductive reasoning can actually inform us spiritually. Integrated Information …

Consciousness

Is This The End Of Particle Physics As We Know It? Let’s Hope Not

Physicists around the world (myself included) are hoping that this week will mark the beginning of a new era of discovery. And not, as some fear, the …

If A Tree Falls In The Forest, Does It Make A Sound? Science Has The Answer (And It's Surprising)

<b>Why Is This Important?</b><p>Because the Universe really does revolve around us.<p><b>Long Story Short</b><p>A new experiment by Australian scientists has indicated that the Universe doesn’t exist when we stop looking at it. This backs up the famous and bizarre physics theory that quantum objects — the smallest …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Singularity

An Atheist's Response to Common Christian Arguments

5/24/2015 | Share this article:<p><i>By Ben Love ~</i><p>I have been an atheist for six months now. They’ve been an incredible six months, comprising both good …

An inventory of the meaningful life.

<i>“One can’t write directly about the soul,”</i> Virginia Woolf observed in her diary. <i>“Looked at, it vanishes.”</i> The same could be said of the soul of art, or perhaps of anything of substance and complexity — to write or speak about the meaning of a painting or a poem or a symphony is to flatten and …

Literature

Why Physics Needs Philosophy - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

<i>How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality?….Traditionally these are</i> …

Philosophy

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Neuroscience

Law in the Lives of Medieval Women: Beyond the Magna Carta

<b>Law in the Lives of Medieval Women: Beyond the Magna Carta</b><p>Lecture by Ruth Mazo Karras<p>Given at the Library of Congress on January 14, 2015<p>Ruth Mazo …

Magna Carta

Solar Eclipses Are Slowly Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

About twice a year, the Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, giving rise to a partial solar eclipse if the alignment is imperfect, but leading to either a total or annular solar eclipse if the Earth, Moon and Sun all form a straight line in space.<p>It’s only by chance that the Moon and the Sun …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain

Trajan's Amazing Column

A War Diary Soars Over Rome<p>The story of Emperor Trajan’s victory over a mighty barbarian empire isn’t just one for the books. It’s also told in 155 scenes carved in a spiral frieze on a monumental column.<p>Story by Andrew Curry<br>Photographs by Kenneth Garrett<p>In back-to-back wars fought between A.D. 101 …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Where to Start Thinking About What is True

Where to Start Thinking About What is True<p>3/07/2015 Christianity 61 Comments<p>A favored man has many questions. Educated as he is, he was puzzled by …

Carl Jung on the "Old Image of the World"

You will remember in the last Semester, that I read you many excerpts from the writings of the alchemists, in order to introduce you to the abstruse …

Spirituality

Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist

A object from the very early universe is bafflingly rich with dust that theory says shouldn't have formed yet.<p>Peering back in time to find the very earliest objects in the universe, an international team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy that shouldn't be there at all.<p>The problem, the …

Are humans getting cleverer?

<b>IQ is rising in many parts of the world. What's behind the change and does it really mean people are cleverer than their grandparents?</b><p>It is not unusual for parents to comment that their children are brainier than they are. In doing so, they hide a boastful remark about their offspring behind a …

We are not a Christian nation: Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and the eternal lie of the “city upon a hill”

<b>(AP/Doug Mills)</b><p>John Winthrop’s “city upon a hill” dominates presidential rhetoric and our self-understanding. Here’s the problem<p>Peter Manseau<p>February 14, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “One Nation Under Gods: A New American History”<p>When Barack Obama delivered his first inaugural address six years …

Ronald Reagan