Spreading the Word: Boring Billion Years

Did you know there was a period in our planet's past that is sometimes referred to as the Boring Billion? Billion years of not much anything?! Have a look and listen to this deep dive into Earth's history to explore how boring that billion really was. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbwUeTyDb0 Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, …

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Spreading the Word: Early Account of Christianity

A fascinating retelling of an early account of the 'weird new Christians' given in the 2nd century CE by a Roman. What a different perspective it is. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTilTcdVAb8&t=269s Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every weekend, I hope to share with you an article I've read or a video I've seen and considered …

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Complexity Of The Science And Religion History

It can be argued that history as an academic discipline, itself one of the oldest human and social sciences, can never provide a true reflection of events it claims to investigate. By 'true' I mean here 'objective' and by this I mean an account that is free from the influence of the personal interests of …

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“All Are Ennobled by Truth” Quote by al-Kindi

The first Arabic philosopher, 9th century thinker al-Kindī, said that truth and wisdom are valuable regardless of where they come from. What did he mean?

New Year Revisited – Why January 1st?

The story behind the tradition to celebrate New Year's eve on December 31st and New Year on January 1st

Story of the Tea Bag and Us

The tea bag has a curious story. The typical tea bag of today is an invention of the 20th century. It became popular towards the second half of the last century. Before that, all tea that was consumed in the world was loose-leaf. How very different the tea-drinking experience used to be. It required more …

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Anaxagoras on Change: Everything Contains Everything

One of the last pre-Socratic philosophers of Ancient Greece, Anaxagoras hailed from the Ionian city of Clazomenae but is notable for being the first one to bring philosophy to Athens. There he taught and flourished for about 30 years until the mid-5th century BCE when he went back to Ionia due to charges brought against …

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Not-Infinite Being of Parmenides

Parmenides, in his prime in the early 5th century BCE, was a very influential pre-Socratic Greek philosopher. He was one of the leading figures of the school of thought named after his home city - Elea. According to 19th-century Scottish philosopher's Thomas Davidson's translation of the fragments available to us from the work of Parmenides, …

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Spreading the Word: Devil’s Many Faces

This Friday I share with you a short and very interesting video about Devil. The manifestation of evil has kept us fascinated, horrified, bewildered since the beginning of history. We have interpreted and reinterpreted the meaning of, behind, and around devil, and continue to do so. So who or what is it? Pure evil? Fallen …

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Spreading the Word: Interview with Historians

This Friday I share with you a recent interview with two contemporary historians - Yuval Noah Harari and Rutger Bregman - in this highly engaging and interesting online talk, moderated by Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist. Kick back with your favourite drink and have a listen to the exchange of two fascinating minds. …

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