How To Choose A Partner Wisely

How To Choose A Partner Wisely

How do we choose the people we fall in love with? In the modern world, under the ideology of ‘Romanticism’ you’re meant above all, to Trust Your Feelings! Love is a mutual ecstasy at finding a beautiful person, inside and out, with the rare capacity, to make us happy. The romantic attitude sounds warm and […]

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RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Our motivations are unbelievably interesting. I’ve been working on this for a few years and I find the topic still amazingly engaging and interesting, so I want to tell you about that. The science is really surprising. It’s a little bit freaky! We are not as endlessly manipulable and as predictable as you would think. […]

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The Trivium – Encyclopedia Hermetica: A Big History (Part 21)

The Trivium – Encyclopedia Hermetica: A Big History (Part 21)

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PLATO ON: The Forms

PLATO ON: The Forms

Asking one’s self and others what the perfect version of something is the ideal version might sound like a strange idea What is the perfect marriage? or career? or system of government? or school? It can feel immature and naïve to bother much with such questions they’re just daydreams. After all: who cares about ideal […]

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PHILOSOPHY – René Descartes

PHILOSOPHY – René Descartes

René Descartes was a French 17th century philosopher, famous above all for saying ‘I think therefore I am’, but worthy of our attention for many reasons beyond this. What makes him stand out is that he was a fierce rationalist. In an age when many philosophers still backed up their arguments with appeals to God, […]

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EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – Confucius

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – Confucius

We know very little for certain about the life of the Chinese philosopher, Confucius He is said to have been born in 551 BC in China. He may have been a student of the Daoist master, Lao Tzu According to tradition, he began Government service, and served many roles, including: Minister of Crime, under Duke […]

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Sympathetic Magic and Sacrifice in Virgil’s Aeneid [Lecture]

Sympathetic Magic and Sacrifice in Virgil’s Aeneid [Lecture]

Regina Magica: ‘Sympathetic Magic,’the φαρμακός motif, and Dido’s Rituals in Book IV of the Aeneid   When Norman Wentworth DeWitt published his doctoral dissertation in 1908, he outlined a number of features in the Dido episode of the Aeneid (Book IV) which tied it explicitly to both the genres of erotic poetry and Greek tragedy. […]

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PHILOSOPHY – Sartre

PHILOSOPHY – Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre made thinking and philosophy glamorous. He was born in Paris in 1905. His father, a navy captain, died when he was a baby – and he grew up extremely close to his mother until she remarried, much to his regret, when he was twelve. Sartre spent most of his life in Paris, where […]

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POP CULTURE: The Clever Tricks of Advertising

POP CULTURE: The Clever Tricks of Advertising

When advertising began in a significant way in the [early] 19th century It was a relatively straightforward business. It showed you a product told you what it did where you could get it and what it cost Then in 1960s America a remarkable new way of advertising emerged Led by Luminaries of Madison Avenue Like […]

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ART/ARCHITECTURE: Andy Warhol

ART/ARCHITECTURE: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol Was the most Glamorous Figure of 20th Century American Art Born in Pennsylvania in 1928 to czech parents he lived most of his life in New York Much about his life was eccentric He wore a silver wig, he liked to go to the dry cleaners and stand in the corner Enjoying the […]

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