A Japanese Technique for Overcoming Laziness

By Helen Nornha / 12.28.2016 The One-Minute Principle For Self-Improvement At the heart of this method is the idea that a person should practice doing something for a single minute, every day at the same time. Almost all of us periodically set ourselves a new goal or challenge — and just as often in the end we fail to achieve it. We end up telling ourselves that we’re just not[…]

The Reception of African Art in the West

Detail, Man’s Prestige Cloth, early 20th century, Akan peoples, Asante group, silk and cotton, 289.6 x 172.7 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) By Dr. Peri Klemm / 12.23.2016 Professor of Art History University of California, Northbridge When early European explorers brought back souvenirs from their trips to the African continent they were regarded as[…]

Ancient Phoenician Religion

A gilded bronze statue of the Phoenician god Reshef. From Byblos. (National Museum of Beirut) By Mark Cartwright / 04.04.2016 The Phoenician Religion, as in many other ancient cultures, was an inseparable part of everyday life. Gods such as Baal, Astarte, and Melqart had temples built in their name, offerings and sacrifices were regularly made[…]

The Russians Tried Once Before to Meddle in a U.S. Presidential Election

The Moscow Kremlin / Photo by Jorge Láscar, Flickr/Creative Commons By Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne / 12.29.2016 Historian The CIA has concluded that the Russians interfered with the 2016 Presidential election, including hacking into and releasing e-mails from the Clinton campaign, to help Donald Trump. That may have determined the outcome of the election. President[…]

Being with Our Grief

By Justine Corrie / 12.29.2016 Taking Heart In Tough Times The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world. – Joanna Macy Witnessing events and devastating suffering unfolding in Syria, exposure of yet more corruption in US politics, mass starvation[…]

Epic Hero as Cyborg: An Experiment in Interpreting Pre-Modern Heroic Narrative

By Dr. Rodger Wilkie Associate Professor of English St. Thomas University Volume 2:2012 Abstract The epic hero is a cyborg. This apparently anachronistic claim agrees both with contemporary definitions of “cyborg” and with the construction of heroes in pre-modern epic. The paper offers a test case in Cethern Mac Fintain, a minor character in the[…]

Ukraine Says Hit by 6,500 Hack Attacks, Sees Russian ‘Cyberwar’

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, right, and Oleksandr Turchynov, Chairman of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, chair a council meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug. 11, 2016. Both Poroshenko and Turchynov have made cybersecurity a strategic priority. / Reuters Reuters / 12.29.2016 Hackers have targeted Ukrainian state institutions about 6,500 times in the past two months,[…]

The Ghosts of Monotheism: Heaven, Fortune, and Universalism in Early Chinese and Graeco-Roman Historiography

Depiction on the Arch of Titus of the triumphal march following the war.  In the Jewish War in 66-70 CE, 97,000 Jewish people were enslaved. The Emperor Vespasian brought 20,000 Jewish slaves to Rome after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. The Arch of Titus depicts a menorah as part of the plunder from[…]

The Historic Influences, Writing, and Legislative and Judicial Development of the First Amendment

Significant historical events, court cases, and ideas that have shaped our current system of constitutional First Amendment jurisprudence Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 12.29.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Magna Carta (British Library Cotton MS Augustus II.106) / Wikimedia Commons Influences and Writing 1215 Abuses by England’s King John cause a revolt by nobles, who compel him[…]

How Should You Grieve?

The pain and sorrow of bereavement is supposed to get easier to bear as time passes. But what if it doesn’t? Psychiatrists call it ‘complicated grief’ – and it can be treated. By Andrea Volpe / 11.15.2016 After Stephanie Muldberg’s 13-year-old son Eric died of Ewing’s sarcoma in 2004, she was lost in a sea of[…]

Places and Methods of God and Goddess Worship in the Graeco-Roman World

Parthenon at Night By Dr. Marjeta Šašel Kos / 03.10.2016 Institute of Archaeology Slovenia Academy of Sciences and Arts In antiquity people believed that divinities were omnipresent. Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, as well as local and pre-Roman divinities were invoked on many altars and in various dedications. The fact that dedications to them[…]