Category Archives: Civilization & Culture

Spotlight on America: The Wright Brothers

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There are many roads, some of which may end in blind alleys. Nevertheless, the Greeks felt they were the most civilized and saw themselves (in the formulation of Aristotle ) as something between the wild barbarians of most of Europe and the soft, slavish Middle-Easterners. In this stage, the child is pure ego and does not yet distinguish between the subjective self and an objective outside world. -- This state of absolute narcissism, in which the ego subsumes the world in its entirety, is not broken until the infant realizes that it cannot satisfy its own demands�it recognizes its reliance on others and an objective world on the basis of lack or the experience of unfulfillment.
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The French in the Heart of America: -1915

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It is believed that these monuments were annihilated after the death of the leader. Puerto Rican culture is somewhat complex - others will call it colorful. The Maya civilization was never united under one governing body like the Aztec. Because these two neighborhoods are distinct yet share a border, this research site provides numerous opportunities for the exploration of culture. A dreadful order seemed to lurk in the darkest shadows of life.
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The King of Infinite Space: Euclid and His Elements

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Clinton Symbolism: There is no denying that the Clinton candidacy carries symbolism because she could become the first female president, just as there was great symbolism with Obama as the first black president. Hellenism was, as it were, dissected by the Sword of the Spirit, was polarized and divided, and a "Christian Hellenism" was created. I will have you.. . .'' And in a manner of speaking he vanished. I need not risk the scaffold, since now you are safe. Las Casas transcribed Columbus's journal and, in his fifties, began a multivolume History of the Indies.
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Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

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They wrote down important things like chants and historical events. The early church was not just a voluntary association for "religious" purposes. Eventually the city states will get a vote, and then the civ they are allied with will get the benefit of those votes to do with as they please. By repeating ‘Aham Brahma Asmi’ thousand times daily the idea that you are the spirit (Atman) becomes stronger. The trunk and many of the larger branches are densely crowded with very large, robust simple thorns, especially when young.
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The German Genius: Europe's Third Renaissance, the Second

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Culture blocks them from being influential on us. Termites that write the popular hits and star in the popular films as they munch through your rival's territory. I woke up with a great shudder to the acute perception of my own feelings and of that aristocrat's incredible purpose. As a society we benefit from our collective religious beliefs. She even answered my question quite readily with many words out of which I could make very little. This power of imagination co-operates with the desires.
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The Peripheral Centre: Essays on Japanese History and

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Ubiquitous in most developed societies in Europe, the Americas and Asia, the cell phone has become a laboratory – some would say an asylum – for testing the limits of technological convergence. More complicated are the syllabic elements, which were combined in various ways to spell words. I suppose pretty near every lodger might be a potential murderer, but I expected to be made an exception.'' With the candle held a little below her face, with that face of one tone and without relief she looked more than ever as though she had come out of an old, cracked, smoky painting, the subject of which was altogether beyond human conception.
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Gwyn - Ancient god of Glastonbury and Key to the Glastonbury

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For Orthodox Jews, kosher rules are an example of behavior that is required. Science means "scientific thought" and "scientific research method". Yet even in this case Emperors would have to act through appropriate channels. The jaguar is a potent symbol that represents the Mesoamerican cultures. It seems incongruous that anyone could have successfully managed such massive construction projects.
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Curiosities of civilization: Reprinted from the "Quarterly"

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Men in these early tribes had to kill to survive and feed their families. And then, there are the theories that the Sphinx is much, much older than the rest of the Giza momuments--it's erosion pattern suggests water erosion, meaning rainfall. They were a conduit through which many ideas were passed on from Asia into Europe, especially into the Greek world. However, elements of different cultures can easily spread from one group of people to another. He inquired with extreme politeness what did I know of South American republics?
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Montezuma and the Aztecs: The Life and Death of an Empire

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In both figures the tortured facial features are intended to convey, not ferocity and aggressiveness, but emotional stress beyond endurance. He was first noted as an inventor and an engineer. I was too startled to seize it with rapture. Some of the seals were used to stamp clay on trade goods, but they probably had other uses. Viol ent male gangs, from the GCs to American presidents, war industry executives, organized crime, and inner-city gangs, will no longer dominate humanity.� Women will have to step up to help make that happen.� If bonobos could do it, I have confidence that humans can.� Num bers and measurement will still exist, but egocentric economics that focuses on money and self-interest to the exclusion of all else will disappear, as will anthropocentric economics, in which ecosystem health is only seen in terms of how it can support human welfare.� The economic view that will supersede those frameworks is what I call life-centric or soul-centric, and it measures and values the well-being of all life on Earth, not just human welfare.� If humanity can see its in-group as being all of life on Earth, then humanity will have become a truly sentient species, not the semi-sentient one that it is today.� Huma nity seems to be an intelligent, sentient species.
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CAUTION ! READING THIS BOOK CAN MAKE YOU THINK: The Premier

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It was indeed ironic for the US and Europe to argue that they had done ‘all they could to help Iraq’ at a time that they were doing all they could in Syria as well. Christians at first refused to serve in Rome's imperial armies. In his conception, man was essentially a "gregarious animal" (koinomkon zoori), "neither savage nor a lover of solitude." The chimpanzee and h uman lines seem to have split between five and seven mya, and some recent estimates are as low as 4.6 mya.� The species perhaps the closest to that split found so far dates to about seven mya, but the findings have also been used to argue for pushing the human/chimpanzee split back to 13 mya .� Whatever the timing that scientists eventually agree on, the splits of orangutans first, gorillas second, and chimpanzees last (and the bonobo split arguably about a million years ago) almost certainly will not change.� The end of the Tethys Ocean between 5.8 and 5.2 mya may have been the reason for the split, as the resulting droughts from those Mediterranean Sea drying episodes further shrank the African rainforest.� A s with so many other evolutionary events, the line that led to humans began to leave the trees as the losers of rainforest life and adapted to new environments probably out of necessity, not a sense of adventure and opportunity.� Tho se apes pushed to the margins learned to walk upright and learned to eat new foods such as roots. [447] A recent find of a possible human-line ape may even displace australopithecines as humanity�s ancestors, relegating them to a side-branch that went extinct.� These are still the early days of investigating human ancestry, and rapidly and dramatically changing ideas about the evolutionary path to humanity will continue.� That is partly because the fossil sparseness has only been recently expanded by numerous teams digging around Africa, with dreams of the ultimate find haunting their sleep.� Darwin speculated that humans evolved in Africa, but in the early 20th century, Asia was considered the likeliest evolutionary home of humans.� In 1921, an early protohuman skull was discovered in a Rhodesian mine, and in 1924 an even more primitive protohuman skull was discovered in a South African mine .� Africa became the focus of investigating the human line and accelerated with the work of what became the Leakey dynasty, which began with Louis Leakey�s checkered but ultimately triumphant career.
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