The divine proportion – the indecipherable code

Beyond science 02/21/19, 21:50

“Geometry has two great treasures; one is the Pythagorean theorem; the other, the auric ratio. The first we may compare to a measure of gold; the second we may name a precious jewel.” – Johannes Kepler The newspaper pages that you are reading, the screen of your computer, your credit card, ...

What Elizabeth Bennett can teach us about laughter

Culture 02/20/19, 21:38

Last summer a friend and I made an interesting discovery: we both have “unsocialized laughs.” At least, that’s what another friend bluntly told us. This friend went on to assure us that his observation was not intended as an insult… but we both remain unsure if it really qualifies as a ...

Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” has seduced audiences since 1808

Art 02/20/19, 21:32

Beethoven’s music is undeniably profound. Its beautiful complexity inspires a passionate response in all who listen, especially if those listeners are lucky enough to enjoy a live rendition of the brilliant, classical work. Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple ...

Discover Renaissance art: Destiny (video)

Art 02/20/19, 04:26

“Who is the happiest?” is a question that viewers must ponder while admiring the works of the Renaissance artists who painted King Croesus and the sage Solon, and destiny…

The Sistine Chapel ceiling: Renaissance “high art” at its very finest

Art 02/19/19, 21:53

Ancient European citizens believed that cultural heritage was a precious treasure, bestowed upon us from the heavens. Western art reached its apex during the Renaissance, when Rome – city of churches, palaces, the pope, and high culture – became the unequivocal heart of fine art. Rome houses numerous Renaissance masterpieces depicting ...

Did you know that men and women are complementary by nature?

Culture 02/18/19, 09:34

Men and women are complementary by nature. The characteristics that are commonly associated with the feminine and masculine genders derive from the Yin and Yang concept and are said to maintain a balance. When their qualities are inverted, the recipients might feel dissatisfied and unhappy without being aware of the possible ...

A 1913 prescription for ‘Toxic Masculinity’

Culture 02/17/19, 04:09

If recent headlines are any indication, it seems that masculinity is destined to be the word of the year. Between shaving commercials, official guidelines from the American Psychological Association, and viral videos depicting “disrespectful” teen boys, the idea of what it means to be a decent man has become rather ...

How classic cartoons created a culturally literate generation

Culture 02/16/19, 10:52

I recently picked up Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court for the first time. Finding the plot rather amusing, I began relaying it to my father over the weekend. Because he had never read the book, I was rather surprised when he began asking informed questions about ...

The deep connection between tea and spirituality (Video)

Culture 02/15/19, 12:24

Do you know that there is a deep connection between tea and spirituality? According to the ancients, during the ‘tea ceremony’ people could find the deeper meaning within themselves. Tea can trace back its origin to China and has accompanied its ancient civilization for about 5000 years. However, the most significant aspects ...

Salmon, the sea, and the meaning of life (Video)

Culture 02/15/19, 10:37

Every four years, in October, millions of salmon swim upstream from the Pacific Ocean to lay eggs in the Adams River. The river is the headwater of the tranquil Fraser River in Canada. The silvery salmon, upon making it all the way upstream, turn bright red, covering the entire surface ...

The loyalty of the woman weaves an eternal love story (Video)

Culture 02/14/19, 06:09

  The tragic love story of Wang Baochuan of the Tang Dynasty has been passed down in China from generation to generation. Her perseverance and loyalty have touched the hearts of many. Near the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in southern Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, there is a desolate cave with three Chinese characters ...

Love and respect your elders: the story of Cleobis and Biton

Art 02/13/19, 05:35

The Archaic Greek Kouros brothers Cleobis and Biton were famous for their filial piety: a virtue of respect for one’s parents. The brothers’ remarkable story and the sacrifices they made for their beloved mother have been depicted by several artists of the Renaissance. Cleobis and Biton were the sons of a ...