The Story of Padma Angdu, Tibetan Buddhist ‘Rinpoche’

Padma Angdu was anointed as a Tibetan Buddhist rinpoche, or enlightened being, in 2010. He was 6 years old at the time. By Patrick Winn / 02.15.2018 After death comes for a rinpoche — a Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, imbued with supernatural powers — he or she may choose to reincarnate as an infant. Belief dictates that once these children grow old[…]

An Overview of the History of the Growth of Hinduism in the United States

Mahesh Yogi (seated in front) gained a following in the United States with musicians and artists, including members of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Ben Merk (ANEFO) (GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL), via Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Vasudha Narayanan / 02.02.2018 Distinguished Professor of Religion University of Florida This week marks the death anniversary of Mahesh Yogi,[…]

What is “Information” in Information Philosophy?

Stanford University / Creative Commons By Dr. Bob Doyle Associate, Astronomy Department Harvard University Information The simple definition of information is the act of informing – the communication of knowledge from a sender to a receiver that informs (literally shapes) the receiver.By information we mean a quantity that can be understood mathematically and physically. It corresponds[…]

From Smell-O-Vision to Astrocolor, the Film Industry’s Biggest Innovation Flops

Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992. AP Photo/Richard Harbus        By (left-to-right) Dr. Leo Braudy, Dr. Scott Higgins, Dr. Stephen Groening, and Dr. Thomas Delapa / 02.28.2018 Braudy: Leo S. Bing chair in English and American Literature, University of[…]

The History of the Hollywood Sign: Public Nuisance to Symbol of Stardom

George Brich/AP Photo By Dr. Leo Braudy / 03.01.2018 Leo S. Bing chair in English and American Literature Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences University of Southern California Every year at the Oscars, the cameras pan to the famed Hollywood sign and its bold white letters. Ask someone today what the sign symbolizes, and the same[…]