© FERNANDO KASKAIS Nuvens, hoje tem consciência do céu, pois há dias em que não o olha. Interroga-se e desconhece-se, nada fez de útil nem fará de justificável. Gastou parte da vida a interpretar confusamente coisa nenhuma. Nuvens, algodões em rama de um hospital sem paredes, só elas são reais entre a terra nula e o céu que não existe. Essas nuvens assumem formas, como aconteceu ao vapor da garrafa da qual saiu o génio das Mil e Uma Noites. Djinn Continue reading Djinn

How to avoid family fights about money

No family is immune to money conflicts, no matter how much they love each other. Here’s what to look out for. KEY TAKEAWAYS by David Cotriss If you don’t want money issues to come between you and your family, it’s important to prepare yourself for them ahead of time. We’ll run through the primary ways money causes problems in families, along with strategies to ensure it never becomes an issue in your family. Why money matters to families  You might think that something as seemingly shallow as money wouldn’t affect you and your family. But you’d be surprised. Money can … Continue reading How to avoid family fights about money

As Western Liberalism Declines, Civilization States Return

Moonassi The civilization state is reemerging and taking us beyond the opposition between liberalism and nationalism.  BY BRUNO MAÇÃES, was Portugal’s secretary of state for European affairs from 2013 to 2015 and is now a senior adviser at Flint Global and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His two most recent books are “History Has Begun” and “Geopolitics for the End Time.” KYIV, Ukraine — Samuel Huntington, who is often thought of as having written about civilizations, in fact wrote about identity. The two concepts have nothing in common, and the confusion between them explains why Huntington argued … Continue reading As Western Liberalism Declines, Civilization States Return

Learning styles don’t exist

First day back at Inverkip Primary School in Inverclyde, Scotland, 2021. Photo by Jane Barlow/PA/Getty A teaching approach that is based on students’ preferences sounds laudable. But this misunderstands how learning happens by Carl Hendrick, is the author of several books on teaching and learning, including How Learning Happens (2020), co-authored with Paul Kirschner. He lives in Berkshire in the UK. Picture two English classrooms. In the first, the teacher is teaching Macbeth to a group of eager students, and has planned the lesson meticulously, taking into account their individual learning differences, with the children sitting in three groups. All students have been tested to … Continue reading Learning styles don’t exist

The Dharma of Popular Music

An exercise for mindful listening, because even where you least expect it, music can present opportunities for reflection. By Bradley Donaldson  In 2019, I spent a breezy summer afternoon lying on the grass of a local park, nodding my head to Lana Del Rey’s just-released album. That day would turn out to be emblematic of much of my summer: wistful and pensive, yet hopeful. My most recent romantic relationship had unraveled, and the album was a soothing balm; I listened to it on repeat, daily. The fourteen-track record turned out to be Del Rey’s most critically acclaimed album to date, a … Continue reading The Dharma of Popular Music

Visual thinking: How to comprehend animal consciousness

Humans are good visual thinkers, too, but we tend to privilege verbal thinking. KEY TAKEAWAYS By Temple Grandin Excerpted from VISUAL THINKING: THE HIDDEN GIFTS OF PEOPLE WHO THINK IN PICTURES, PATTERNS, AND ABSTRACTIONS by Temple Grandin published on October 11, 2022 by Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2022 Temple Grandin. It always struck me as ridiculous to think that a dog or a cow does not have consciousness, yet people continue to debate the subject. Aristotle believed that what set men above animals was the ability to reason. … Continue reading Visual thinking: How to comprehend animal consciousness


© FERNANDO KASKAIS Em fotografia, mostrar qualquer coisa é mostrar o que está oculto. O olhar pode ser oblíquo, mas não é necessário que o fotógrafo, para salientar o mistério, recorra a temas exóticos excepcionalmente impressionantes. O que é familiar, através do uso da câmera, pode tornar-se misterioso. A realidade é, como disse Viktor Shklovsky, desfamiliarizada. Continue reading Oblíquo

The other Cleopatra

A silver coin dated 25-24 BCE featuring King Juba (REX IUBA) and, on the obverse, the Greek legend BASILISSA KLEOPATRA and a crocodile (associated with Egypt). Photo courtesy the British Museum Daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, she became the influential queen of a mysterious, abundant North African kingdom Jane Draycott is a lecturer in Classics at the University of Glasgow. Her books include Prosthetics and Assistive Technology in Ancient Greece and Rome (2021) and Cleopatra’s Daughter: Egyptian Princess, Roman Prisoner, African Queen (2022). You may not have heard of the Roman client kingdom of Mauretania, not to be confused with the contemporary African country … Continue reading The other Cleopatra

Ways of Being: Rethinking Intelligence

Art from Cephalopod Atlas, 1909. (Available as a print and as a cutting board, benefitting The Nature Conservancy.) “Intelligence is not something which exists, but something one does.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Intelligence supposes good will,” Simone de Beauvoir wrote. “Sensitivity is nothing else but the presence which is attentive to the world and to itself.” Yet our efforts to define and measure intelligence have been pocked with insensitivity to nuance, to diversity, to the myriad possible ways of paying attention to the world. Within the human realm, there is the dark cultural history of IQ. Beyond the human realm, there is the growing abashed understanding that other … Continue reading Ways of Being: Rethinking Intelligence

Criminologists, Looking to Biology for Insight, Stir a Racist Past

Visual: Bea Hayward for Undark Using biology to understand criminal behavior has long been controversial. Top criminology programs are pursuing it anyway. BY MICHAEL SCHULSON NEARLY 2 MILLION PEOPLE, most of them Black or Latino men, are locked up in the United States. In October 2021, the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, published a report arguing that correctional officials should examine the biology of imprisoned people — their hormones, their brains, and perhaps even their genes. The report describes a future in which corrections sounds a bit more like practicing medicine than meting out punishment. Correctional … Continue reading Criminologists, Looking to Biology for Insight, Stir a Racist Past