The Boundaries of Science / Pseudoscience

The term “pseudoscience” is used to imply that a person or group who is using the term “science” to describe their activities, thereby laying claim to the associated societal status, is not entitled to do so. The prefix “pseudo-” is derived from the Greek word ψεύδειν, meaning “to cheat, lie or deceive”. Thus, the accusation[…]

A Virtual World of Paleontology

By Dr. John A. Cunningham, Postdoctoral Researcher School of Earth Sciences University of Bristol Volume 29, Issue 6 (2014) Highlights • Computer-aided visualization and analysis has revolutionized the study of fossils. • Fossils can now be characterized in three dimensions and in unprecedented detail. • The resulting digital reconstructions can be used in rigorous[…]

The Augustan Temple and Forum of the Colony of Barcino: A 90 Degree Turn

Roman Barcino (Modern Barcelona)   By Dr. Hector A. Orengo and Dr. Ada Cortés Vicente Orengo – Professor of Archaeology, University of Cambridge Cortés – Professor of Archaeology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Oxford Journal of Archaeology 33:1 (Jan. 2014) Summary The Augustan Roman temple at Barcino has been a key element during the last 60[…]

The Effect of Bean Origin and Temperature on Grinding Roasted Coffee

By Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, Scientific Reports 24483 (2016) Abstract Coffee is prepared by the extraction of a complex array of organic molecules from the roasted bean, which has been ground into fine particulates. The extraction depends on temperature, water chemistry and also the accessible surface area of the coffee. Here we investigate whether variations in[…]

Social Media Activism at the Margins: Managing Visibility, Voice and Vitality Affects By Dr. Anthony McCosker Professor of Media and Communications Swinburne University of Technology Social Media+Society 1(2), July-Dec. 2015 Abstract This article is concerned with social media activism at the margins and deals with the problem of managing visibility and voice and the role of affect in the emergence of contested publics over time. While[…]

Da Vinci on Change: Cultivate Your Powers and Unleash Your Whole Person

By Dr. Timothy Rayner Former Professor of Philosophy University of Syndey Writer/Author Philosophy for Change Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was the quintessential ‘Renaissance man’. Leonardo’s life is a testament to human creativity. Over six decades of creative activity, Leonardo showcased gifts as a painter, sculptor, scientist, anatomist, architect, engineer, inventor, botanist, and musician. His contributions[…]

‘Good without God’ – Happiness and Pleasure Among the Humanists

In this article, I explore conceptions of happiness and pleasure among secular humanists in Britain. Based on fieldwork among members of the British Humanist Association, and its associated local groups, I argue that happiness for the humanists is both the promise and demand of enlightenment, of an appeal to reason over and against what they[…]

Literary and Artistic Metropolises

  By Dr. Markian Prokopovych and Dr. Rosemary H. Sweet Prokopovych – Professor of Modern European History, University of Birmingham, UK Sweet – Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester Leibniz Institute of European History / 05.13.2015 Artistic and literary production are not inherently urban processes in themselves but they have always flourished in an[…]

Relativism in the Long Middle Ages: Crossing the Ethical Border with Paganism

By Dr. John Marenbon Professor of Medieval Philosophy Trinity College, University of Cambridge Christians in the Long Middle Ages (ca. 200–ca. 1700 ce) in Western Europe often thought about paganism, especially that of the ancient Greeks and Romans, such as Aristotle and Virgil, who provided the foundations of their intellectual culture, but also contemporary pagans[…]

How Milwaukee Landlords Figured Out How to Collect Rent and Not Pay Taxes

Wikimedia Commons By David Epstein / 05.09.2016 In response to the nation’s devastating financial crisis, Milwaukee put in place policies to help people stay in their homes; for example, giving residents three years to pay property taxes before foreclosing. But in “Landlord Games,” reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel detailed how, eight years later, unscrupulous[…]

Does Social Media Help the Government-Citizen Relationship? Depends on Who You Ask.

Police tap into social media to do their job. Carlo Allegri/Reuters By Dr. James Toscano Vice President for Public Affairs & Communications Tidewater Community College Depending where you live, maybe you follow your local transportation department on Twitter for construction updates. Or maybe you watch Periscope videos of city council sessions, or read live blogs[…]

Was Nero’s Domus Aurea as Big as the Ancient Sources Claim?

High vaulted ceilings of the Domus Aurea must have given a feeling of insignificance to visitors.  Photographed by Mauro Orlando © 2015. By Mary Harrsch Historian Ancient Times I really enjoyed reading the article about the restoration of Nero’s Golden House, the Domus Aurea, in the September/October issue of Archaeology Magazine.  I especially appreciated the pictures[…]