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Introduction to Philosophy: A Free Online Course

From John Sanders, Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, comes <i>Introduction to Philosophy</i>. In 10 lectures, Sanders’ course …

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The Sane Society: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on How to Save Us From Ourselves

“The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born, when we die.”<p><i>“Every advance of intellect beyond the ordinary measure,”</i> Schopenhauer wrote in examining the relationship between genius and insanity, <i>“disposes to madness.”</i> But …

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The Best Gadget Stores In Tokyo

Japan is known for its futuristic technology, fascinating gadgets, and practical inventions. The nation’s reputation for innovation and creativity is …

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The Measure of All Things: How Two French Astronomers Nearly Lost Their Lives Revolutionizing the World with the Invention of the Meter

“The fundamental fallacy of utopianism is to assume that everyone wants to live in the same utopia.”<p>In her memoir, the trailblazing astronomer Caroline Herschel recounted frequently having to “measure the ground with poles” when she first began making astronomical observations in the 1780s. It …

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The Living Bridges of the Iya Valley

The Iya Valley is a picturesque part of Tokushima Prefecture deep in the heart of Shikoku, one of Japan’s four main islands. It is famous for its …

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How This Thoughtless Campaign Is Bringing Tory Burch Accusations of Cultural Appropriation

Tory Burch launched the campaign for her Summer '17 collection early Wednesday. Yet, the colorful patterns were overshadowed by claims that the …

Cultural Appropriation

No Shade, But RuPaul Just Named His Favorite Drag Queen

Drag queens come and drag queens go, but there's one queen who always reigns supreme. That person is, of course, the one and only RuPaul. As the …

Multiculturalism

Curator Nato Thompson shines a light on art and the culture wars in 'Culture as Weapon'

We live in an era in which image memes are lobbed as political salvos. In which security is “theater” and defining who controls the “narrative” in a world of facts and alternative facts is the daily bread of the hot-take class. In which words are bombs, delivered in 140-character installments in …

Los Angeles Times

The allure of poster painting in Shanghai

SOME of the best calendar posters produced during the 1910s and the 1930s are on display at the Xinhua Community Cultural Center.As part of the 2017 …

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Just Keep Dragging - Video Clip from RuPaul's Drag Race | S9, E

RuPaul's Drag Race<p>Just Keep Dragging<p>Season 9Sneak Peek3/22/17<p>When the going gets tough, Lady Gaga suggests to keep beading and dragging. Tune in on …

Hire for Cultural Fitness, Not Just Cultural Fit

Organizational culture needs a stretch, not repetition<p>Culture is the glue that brings a team or organization together. But if the glue is too sticky …

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The 10 Most Beautiful Parks and Gardens in Madrid

<i>No, this isn’t the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it’s a replica in Parque Europa | © Mario Sánchez Prada/Flickr</i><p>Parque de las Siete Tetas (also known as …

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Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” Provides a Soundtrack for the Final Scene of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

What happens when you cue up <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> (1939) and Pink Floyd’s <i>Dark Side of the Moon</i> (1973), and play them together? You get something magical. …

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A Brief History of the Cedar Trees of Lebanon

Over the years, many peoples have made use of cedar wood provided by the forest. The Phoenicians used it to build their ships, Egyptians to make …

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Watch Janis Joplin’s Breakthrough Performance at the Monterey Pop Festival: “One of the Great Concert Performances of all Time” (1967)

“No one to that point had seen a White girl sing the blues like she sang it. And she was a tough Texas girl, she lived really tough, she drank tough, …

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Arthur Guérin-Boëri Sets Freediving Record Under Ice

Michael LoRéSports EditorUpdated: 22 March 2017<p>How long can you hold your breath? Probably not that long. Now try imagine doing that while swimming …

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A Brief History of Bulgaria's Belogradchik Fortress

The Middle Ages and recent history of Belogradchik Fortress<p>At a certain point, during the reign of the Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Sratsimir (14th century), …

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ predictions: Aja is early frontrunner to win, Jaymes Mansfield will be eliminated first

Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” hosted by Emmy winner <b>RuPaul Charles</b>, is set to premiere this Friday, March 24 on VH1 at 8:00 p.m. ET featuring an …

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10 Fascinating Historical Landmarks to See in Edinburgh

From buildings to statues, read our guide to the most interesting historic landmarks in Edinburgh and explore facts about the city's top attractions.

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A Brief History of Bulgaria's Cyrillic Script

The task was assigned to two brothers from Thessaloniki – Cyril and Methodius who were not only men of letters but Christian missionaries too. Cyril …

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A Glimpse Inside San Pedro: Bolivia’s Self-Run Prison

Right in the heart of La Paz’ middle class San Pedro neighborhood lies one of the world’s most notorious prisons. Cárcel de San Pedro (San Pedro …

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16 Interesting Facts About Florence Cathedral

<b>The cathedral has the largest masonry dome in the world</b><p>With over 4 million bricks, weighing over 40,000 tons, almost the size of half a football …

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Download Russian Futurist Book Art (1910-1915): The Aesthetic Revolution Before the Political Revolution

Given the image of Communist Russia we’ve mostly inherited from Cold War Hollywood propaganda and cherry-picked TV documentaries, we tend to think of …

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New York City-Based Okamoto Studio Sculpts Ice Into Art

Rachel GouldArt & Design EditorUpdated: 22 March 2017<p>Shintaro Okamoto insists that "not all Alaskans play with ice"—but he certainly does, and he's …

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7 Things To Do See In Stockholm’s Archipelago

When looking to discover Vaxholm’s nature scene – Bogesund is the place to be! Connecting Vaxholm to the mainland is a bridge, and this bridge brings …

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The History of Asam Church in One Minute

Light is also used carefully in the choir area; hidden windows backlight the three figures of the trinity, so that they appear to glow. This part of …

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Waves For Water Aims to Solve Global Clean-Water Crisis

Michael LoRéSports EditorUpdated: 22 March 2017<p>In 2009, professional surfer Jon Rose was aboard a boat off the coast of Indonesia as part of a surf …

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Hear Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Shifted from Minor to Major Key, and Radiohead’s “Creep” Moved from Major to Minor

A few years ago, we shared a version of R.EM.’s 1991 alternative hit “Losing My Religion” as reworked from a minor to a major key through digital …

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Get An Exclusive First Look At Lady Gaga's Big Entrance On 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Only a few more days!<p>Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the premiere of the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” revolves around all things Lady Gaga ― and we finally have the first look at her big entrance in the clip above.<p>Mother Monster first got our hopes up that …

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At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own

Musicians from all over the world are settling back at home, recovering from last week's South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Hundreds of musicians played throughout the week, for crowds big and small.<p>One of this year's showcases was the first in the festival's history to feature a lineup …

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