Monthly Archives: April 2001

Another death knell for humanity

SOMETHING TERRIBLE happened in the Netherlands last week that will have profound consequences around the world. / photo via Not since Germany occupied the Netherlands six decades ago has there been an official policy declaring some people unfit to live and worthy of forced extermination. But last week, the Dutch parliament gave final approval to a new euthanasia law that will allow doctors to end a life when it is subjectively decided that the life is no longer worth ... Read More »

Heaney still burning bright

Heaney’s poetry draws on a rich array of allusions Seamus Heaney’s poetry has always been rooted in the farming landscapes of his youth His new collection, Electric Light, roots itself in the same ground but contains a rich array of allusions – to the classical world, to Irish nationalist history, to the English literary canon The very first image in the book, a description of water flowing over a weir in County Meath, gives a taste of the work’s range ... Read More »


Plato’s most famous student was the Macedonian scientist Aristotle of Stagira (384-322). After the death of his master, he studied biology and accepted a position as teacher of the Macedonian crown prince Alexander at Mieza. When the Macedonians subdued Greece, Aristotle founded a school at Athens. Most of his writings are lost; what remains are his lecture notes, which were rediscovered in the first century BCE. During the last decades, scholars have started to re-examine the fragments of the lost ... Read More »

Rachel Louise Carson – Silent Spring

Rachel Carson, writer, scientist, and ecologist, grew up simply in the rural river town of Springdale, Pennsylvania Her mother bequeathed to her a life-long love of nature and the living world that Rachel expressed first as a writer and later as a student of marine biology Carson graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham College) in 1929, studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and received her MA in zoology from Johns Hopkins University in 1932. She was ... Read More »