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Men on Mars? Updates from the Red Planet
Appearing once again in the morning sky, Mars is visible just before sunrise from October to December. While this might be of interest to...
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Aesthetics and Spirituality Part VI: Icons
If art history is any indication, human beings have been deeply spiritual for millennia. And they have expressed their religious impulses in...
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Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin: Two Men and a Theory
Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel were contemporaries, but did they know of each other’s work? There is clear evidence that Mendel read “The Origin...
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The Genius of Women in Astronomy: When Harvard Used Women As Computers
From the math that measured the “red shift” of Edwin Hubble, to mapping and measuring the luminosity and composition of stars, women have played...
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Aesthetics and Spirituality Part III: Transformation Through Dress
Across the world and throughout human history, artisans have created extraordinarily similar objects in response to their cultures’ religious...
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Aesthetics and Spirituality Part II: Quests
In the first installment of this series, I wrote about sacred “high places”—temples and shrines that lifted priests and worshippers toward the...
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Aesthetics and Spirituality Part IV: Tombs
For up to three million years, human beings have been working creatively with their environment. The famous Makapansgat Pebble—a small rock...
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Aesthetics and Spirituality Part I: High Places
Lofty temples, elaborate tombs, imposing cult statues: over the millennia, the human species has made cultural objects that bear striking...
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Mountains, Mars, and Our Desire to Know
In a recent post from NASA, new analysis of data from the Mars rover, Curiosity, suggests a need to reconsider the processes leading to the...
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Dr. Michio Kaku – Goldilocks Theory [Video]
It’s mind boggling that a universe would come into formation and be stable enough to give rise to biological beings like plants, animals, and...
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The Purpose of a Myth: Insights from J.R.R. Tolkien and Mircea Eliade
The stories told in myths have the power to resonate deep within the human heart. Are myths more than just a good work of literature?