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PHILOSOPHY – René Descartes

PHILOSOPHY – René Descartes

René Descartes was a French 17th century philosopher, famous above all for saying ‘I think therefore I am’, but worthy of our attention for many reasons beyond this. What makes him stand out is that he was a fierce rationalist. In an age when many philosophers still backed up their arguments with appeals to God, …

The History of Marriage

The History of Marriage

Marry for love? For most of history, the idea would have seemed silly. Marriage was essential for day-to-day survival, for reproduction and social acceptance. Today, we marry for love—and so much more. But how did we get here? Music playing Let’s look to Abraham Maslow as our unlikely tour guide. Maybe you learned in Psych …

Evolution of Music ( 1680 AD – 2017)

Evolution of Music ( 1680 AD – 2017)

Pachelbel–Canon in D. 1680 Bach–Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. 1704 Vivaldi–Spring. 1723 Handel–Hallelujah. 1750 Luigi Boccherini–Minuet. 1770 Mozart–Alla Turca. 1783 Beethoven–Sonata №1. 1795 Haydn–Emperor’s Hymn. 1797 Beethoven–Für Elise. 1810 Schubert–Military March. 1822 Chopin–Tristesse. 1832 Schumann–Träumerei. 1838 Franz Liszt–Hungarian Rhapsody №2. 1847 Brahms–Op. 44 №4. 1868 Tchaikovsky–Piano Conerto №1. 1875 Satie–Gymnopédie №1. 1888 Korsakov–Flight of …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Ancient Greece

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Ancient Greece

The modern world is deeply attracted to ancient Greece. Every year around one million people visit the Parthenon and wander around the ruins. Because they’re sure the place and the culture of which its supreme embodiment has something important to say to them. But it’s often not quite clear what. What can ancient Greece do …

The History and Future of Everything — Time

The History and Future of Everything — Time

Time makes sense in small pieces. But when you look at huge stretches of time, it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around things. So let’s start small with minutes, hours, days. You probably spent the last 24 hours mostly sleeping and working, with some coffee in there somewhere. Please watch less TV. Now let’s …

LITERATURE – Marcel Proust

LITERATURE – Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust was an early 20th century French writer responsible for what’s officially the longest novel in the world: “A la recherche du temps perdu”/In search of Lost Time. which has 1.2 million words in it, double those in “War and Peace” . The book was published in French in 7 volumes over 14 years, …

The True Science of Parallel Universes

The True Science of Parallel Universes

Everyone loves the idea of parallel universes – maybe it’s the appeal of an ideal world where you have second chances and things turn out differently – an alternate reality where you do get into Hogwarts and the Star Wars prequels aren’t made and you finally plug in your asymmetric computer cord correctly on the …