Measuring Time in Different Cultures

01.12.2016 Measuring Time The obelisk and Pylon at Luxor / Photo by Steve F-E-Cameron, Wikimedia Commons Scientifically, the year is a complete cycle of seasons. A year is when the earth completes one full orbit of the sun. Its length is measured from one spring equinox to the next spring equinox. Measuring the time of year[…]

New Year’s Resolution: Try Focusing on the Good Life

Focusing on relationships and experiences adds much more to our long-term life satisfaction. / Photo by Ben O’Sullivan on Unsplash In past years, you’ve probably targeted minor vices—eat fewer snacks, drink less, exercise more. This time around, try something a little different. By Dr. Ted Fischer / 12.29.2017 Professor of Cultural Anthropology Vanderbilt University The end of the year[…]

Athanasius, Underground

Portrait of Kircher at age 53 from Mundus Subterraneus (1664) / Wikimedia Commons With his enormous range of scholarly pursuits the 17th-century polymath Athanasius Kircher has been hailed as the last Renaissance man and “the master of hundred arts”. John Glassie looks at one of Kircher’s great masterworks Mundus Subterraneus and how it was inspired by a subterranean adventure[…]

Let’s Talk Free Will

“Two roads diverged in a wood” – Frost / Creative Commons By Dr. James Fieser / 04.01.2011 Professor of Philosophy University of Tennessee at Martin A marketing company called Acxiom has collected detailed personal information on over 500 million consumers. Aside from the usual data such as your name, address and phone number, Acxiom knows your income,[…]

The Sign of the Hero in the Visual and Verbal Art of the Iliad

The Triumph of Achilles by Franz von Matsch. Achilles is seen dragging Hector’s lifeless body in front of the Gates of Troy. / A fresco on the upper level of the main hall of the Achilleion at Corfu, Greece. By Dr. Gregory Nagy Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University The meaning of sēma[…]