Educational

The Mevlevis, a mystical sect of Anatolia

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As a teacher in 13th century Konya, Mevlana Celaladdin Rumi never intended to start a mystical sect. His son and grandson led the way to establishing the sect that, after 700 years, is now known worldwide. Hurriyet - Niki Gamm During the first half of the 13th century in Konya, a city in Central Anatolia Celaladdin Rumi – or “Mevlana” (our ... Read More »

Online Learning: It’s Time To Pause And Think

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The move by higher education institutions towards online learning is not the panacea many believe, writes Richard Hil. Techno-centrism, techno-imperialism/colonialism, digital chauvinism – call it what you will – today’s universities are in the grip of planners and administrators who insist that the old didactic order is fast giving way to a new era of virtual higher education. Online platforms, ... Read More »

When the Art Is Watching You

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Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts – The Wall Streer Journal - ELLEN GAMERMAN - COMMENTS One morning last week, a team of experts at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum searched for hidden spots in the rotunda to conceal tiny electronic transmitters. The devices will enable the museum ... Read More »

Tales of Cyprus

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Con Emannuelle’s art is a record of a way of life which no longer exists and the memory of which remains to only a very few. Tales of Cyprus – Dr Jennifer M. Webb* In collecting these wonderful photographs, in painstakingly and so beautifully drawing these iconic scenes and creating these posters, he is paying tribute, with love and gratitude, to ... Read More »

Political Correctness in Diverse Workplace Fosters Creativity

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Being PC helps men and women become more creative colleagues Find Haas’ top business experts. Follow us @Haas4Media UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY’S HAAS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS –People may associate political correctness with conformity but new research finds it also correlates with creativity in work settings. Imposing a norm that sets clear expectations of how women and men should interact with ... Read More »

Atul Gawande: The Smiling Angel of a Happy Death

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It is said that victorious Roman generals, on city parades following battlefield triumphs, would be followed by a servant. “Memento Mori,” the servant would say over and over. “Remember that you have to die.” Later, still-life paintings were punctuated by symbols of the finite – rotting fruit, wilting flowers, bubbles – as reminders of life’s transience. Early self-help books, with ... Read More »

Erdoğan vows to teach Turkish children Muslim discovery of Americas

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has instructed Turkey’s educational institutions to adopt a policy of highlighting the contribution of Islam to global science and arts, including the discovery of the American continent by Muslim sailors some 300 years before Columbus. “I have to be clear that there is an important responsibility falling on the shoulders of our Education Ministry and YÖK ... Read More »

Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation

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‘It is time for parents and publishers to stop dumbing down the tales for children,’ says editor of uncut edition Rapunzel is impregnated by her prince, the evil queen in Snow White is the princess’s biological mother, plotting to murder her own child, and a hungry mother in another story is so “unhinged and desperate” that she tells her daughters: ... Read More »

Was van Gogh Killed? New Research Says He Was Shot

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The troubled life and demise of Vincent van Gogh follows a well-known trajectory: the precocious genius, the art world’s indifference, the onset of angst and madness, and then, tragically, his suicide at age 37. Or so we thought. But according to the groundbreaking research of Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, the painter didn’t shoot himself: he was ... Read More »

New Scans of the Voynich Manuscript, a Medieval Book No One Can Read

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The Voynich Manuscript is one of the most obsessed-over historical enigmas. A medieval book dating from the late 15th or 16th century, its strange, flowing script has never been deciphered, its origins never determined. The 113 plant illustrations it contains seem to depict no flora found on Earth, and throughout its vellum pages are visuals of the cosmos, a small army of naked women cavorting ... Read More »