HUMANHOOD

The title of this post refers to a dance company that that takes inspiration from very similar sources as I do as a writer. The research behind their art is rooted in physics and astrophysics, as well as in their personal insight into Eastern mysticism, fascinated by the connections that lie between these seemingly different … Continue reading HUMANHOOD

The Teacher’s Obligation to Entertain vs. the Entertainer’s Obligation to Teach.

Teachers and professors don't need to be clowns. However, they do need to engage their students. If you have more than 20 minutes of rigorous teaching, the student cannot anymore pay attention to the teacher. So the teacher has to change the adult mood to the child mood by humor, and that is why you … Continue reading The Teacher’s Obligation to Entertain vs. the Entertainer’s Obligation to Teach.

Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestically Product

Throughout modern history, societal progress has been measured in terms of GDP. The higher the GDP, the more developed a country, so goes the general belief. There is, thus a mad rush for increasing GDP. Hence, over time, GDP came to be seen as a surrogate for societal wellbeing – something it was never designed … Continue reading Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestically Product

Knowledge and Power

  Since Plato dreamed of a republic ruled by philosophers, the idea rooted in human conscience that knowledge should equal power. One should disagree with this stance, because in this worldview, Einstein would not have been just some bystander at the Alamo-project that developed the first nuclear bombs. We are trained and educated to comprehend the … Continue reading Knowledge and Power

Zen and the 7 principles of beauty.

While browsing through the websites I'm following on this forum, I stumbled upon a quote Oscar Wilde made in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890); Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colors of things worth of pursuing are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking … Continue reading Zen and the 7 principles of beauty.

The Seven Senses

  From childhood, we are taught that the human body has five senses. I’m sure most readers can recite them: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. This list has remained unchanged since the time of Aristotle. To most people, a “sixth sense” refers either to one outside the realm of the scientific, or one that simply … Continue reading The Seven Senses