Don’t Believe Everything You Think

By Christopher Chase / 12.29.2016 The Inner Peace Of An Empty Mind If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. – Shunrya Suzuki In Japanese, 無 (mu) means “not” or “without”,[…]

Five Key Sites of the Hittite Empire

By Carole Raddato / 12.27.2016 Historian Although mentioned several times in the Biblical texts, the actual existence of the Hittites was largely forgotten until the late 19th century. With the discovery of Hattusa in 1834, the city that was for many years the capital of the Hittite Empire, the Hittites were finally recognized as one[…]

Gummy Mummies: Ancient Egyptians Used a Millennia-Old Prehistoric Embalming Recipe

There was much more to mummification than material. Flood G./Flickr By Dr. Jana Jones / 08.13.2014 Research Fellow in Ancient History Macquarie University For the first time, scientific evidence has shown that prehistoric Egyptians experimented with techniques to preserve bodies around 4000BC, some 1,500 years before artificial mummification was believed to have begun. Traditional theories[…]

What Makes Franz Liszt Still Important?

Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, explores what we can still learn from the life and music of Franz Liszt. By Dr. Leon Botstein / 10.17.2011 Director and Principal Conductor American Symphony Orchestra Marking anniversaries of the birth and death of historic figures, particularly[…]