Lecture—“Painting Edo” Exhibition Opening with Rachel Saunders and Timon Screech

Lecture—“Painting Edo” Exhibition Opening with Rachel Saunders and Timon Screech

(A male and a female student stand at podium) – [Nikole Naloy] Welcome to the Harvard Art Museums and tonight’s opening lecture for our new exhibition, “Painting Edo: “Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection.” My name is Nikole Naloy, and I’m a junior living in Winthrop house. I concentrate in the history of art and […]

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PHILOSOPHY: Immanuel Kant

PHILOSOPHY: Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant is a philosopher who tried to work out how human beings could be good and kind outside of the exaltations and blandishments of traditional religions. He was born in 1724, in the Baltic city of Königsberg, which at that time was part of Prussia and now belongs to Russia, renamed Kaliningrad. Kant’s parents […]

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Changes in Photography: Three Symposia

Changes in Photography: Three Symposia

We could go back to the beginning and ask ourselves why we decided to organize those trilogy of symposia on photography in the first place Thinking back to 2009 we had the opportunity to organize some kind of public debate some kind of public inquiry into photography The idea was to talk about the state […]

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PHILOSOPHY – Nietzsche

PHILOSOPHY – Nietzsche

The challenge begins with how to pronounce his name. The first bit should sound like ‘Knee’, the second like ‘cha’ Knee – cha. Then we need to get past some of his extraordinary and provocative statements: ‘What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger’ ‘God is dead! And we have killed him.’ And his large moustache. […]

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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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