Spreading the Word: Trans-Siberian Railway Stories

Today, I share with you an article and a short video created by the Russian-Swedish filmmaker Anastasia Kirillova about the stories of the staff working for the 9,289 kilometres long Trans-Siberian railway in Russia. As they describe it, "It pulls you in." Enjoy! Link to the article and video: https://psyche.co/films/it-pulls-you-in-the-staff-seduced-by-the-rhythms-of-the-trans-siberian-railway Image from Pixabay Keeping up …

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Spreading the Word: Day of Philosophy & Post No 100!

This is a special post on a special day. It is the annual World Philosophy Day, celebrated by UNESCO with a dedicated programme on the 19th and 20th November. What a great occasion to share with you the 100th post on the humanfactor.blog! "Philosophy is an inspiring discipline as well as an everyday practice that …

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Spreading the Word: 2’000 year-old history of ‘Googling’

Today I share with you a an interesting article about the history of knowledge storage and search. In short - about libraries. I found it fascinating to learn how people developed improved ways of storing, codifying and searching for information. Have you ever heard about the great ancient library of Alexandria? Those are the beginnings …

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Spreading the Word: Human Nature

This week I share with you a video/lecture where the late philosopher Mary Midgley talks about her views on human nature. She is a thinker I will be definitely reading more of! Link to the lecture: https://aeon.co/videos/the-self-is-not-always-selfish-mary-midgley-takes-on-richard-dawkins my photo Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an …

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Spreading the Word: ”The deep Anthropocene”

Today, I share with you an article that explores something called the Anthropocene - a period in Earth's history where humans have significant influence on nature. There is a growing interest both among scientists and the general public about the idea that we might have enetered into a new age, the name for which is …

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Spreading the Word: What Would Aztecs Say?

Today, I share with you an article on something very interesting. We all have our sets of moral values, have heard about different systems of ethics and so on. But have you ever thought what kind of ethics did the Aztecs have? What did they consider the right and proper behavior, and what was frowned …

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Spreading the Word: the Art of Looking and Seeing

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I continue the exploring journey theme and share with you an article from a website I'm subscribed to. It`s an article about the book "On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes" by a cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz. After reading this article I was so inspired and intrigued that I …

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Spreading the Word: Newton, Self-isolation and Productivity

In this week's "Spreading the Word", I share with you an article by a professor of science Thomas Levenson published recently in The New Yorker. In it, our seemingly increased expectation to be more productive during the time spent in self-isolation is reviewed from an interesting point of view - taking Isaac Newton as an …

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Spreading the Word: well-argued article on Coronavirus situation

Hope everyone is keeping well and safe in our current fast-changing coronavirus circumstances. This is a short post where I want to share with you one article on the whole virus-related situation (link below). In my opinion, it is a very well argued piece and builds on solid reasoning explaining the most important facts and …

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