I learn. You learn. We learn. (nothing)
“I learn,” “you learn,” “she learns,” “they learn,” yet, according to a surprising new linguistic study, in countries where the dominant language allows personal pronouns such as ‘I’ to be omitted, learning suffers. (1) A more or less logical conclusion. Learning is about you increasing your knowledge. While being, on the other hand, is about […]
Spreading bad ideas.
How ideas move through academia may depend on where those ideas come from – whether from big-name universities or less prestigious institutions – as much as their quality, a recent study from the University of Colorado Boulder suggests. The new research borrows a page from epidemiology, exploring how ideas might flow from university to university, […]
Sacred mountain. Unholy science.
A mountain which used to be sacred, is for many years now a place for science. Following a protracted legal battle and years long protests that left a state deeply divided, the Hawaii Supreme Court in November 2018 cleared the final legal hurdle for a $1.4 billion telescope project to resume construction atop the Big […]
Inherited strength & Arrogance in religion, science and elsewhere.
Nowadays we often talk about the arrogance of people in various fields. Arrogant scientists do things simply because they can do them, without thinking about the consequences. Arrogant priests are almost celebrating that they quit the church and “moved on”. Arrogant managers in companies behave unacceptably without any empathy for colleagues or customers. And the […]
Is Christianity against knowledge? (Yes and No!)
Many have wandered whether religion and Christianity in particular is against knowledge. Not because of it being related to the “dark” Middle Ages (a story which has been discredited a long time ago by Harmonia Philosophica; read the relevant article “Middle Ages – An enlightened era“) but because of the famous story of God forbidding […]
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