Imagining Your Own Escape to Nature and How Media Inspires Our Great Escapes

Imagining Your Own Escape to Nature and How Media Inspires Our Great Escapes
Many people dream about moving to the country, escaping the city for good. Most Australians live in cities, but there seems to be a collective desire to escape the concrete and glass for green fields and open spaces. Those who do this are popularly known in Australia as seachangers and treechangers.

Older Than Dracula: In Search Of The English Vampire

Older Than Dracula: In Search Of The English Vampire
The story of Count Dracula as many of us know it was created by Bram Stoker, an Irishman, in 1897. But most of the action takes place in England, from the moment the Transylvanian vampire arrives on a shipwrecked vessel in Whitby, North Yorkshire, with plans to make his lair in the spookily named Carfax estate, west of the river in London.

The Snake Charmer: Can Anyone Live Beyond the Laws of Nature?

The Snake Charmer: Can Anyone Live Beyond the Laws of Nature?
There is an old story our Elders teach us about a Water Snake who lived in a pond up high at the base of a sacred mountain. He was a very healthy, wealthy, strong, and handsome man. He was on top of the world, you might say. He had the whole pond to himself and he had everything a person could ask for in life: plenty of natural resources, open space, lots of food, good weather, ample shelter...

What The World Can Learn From Greece's Passion For The Arts

What The World Can Learn From Greece's Passion For The Arts

Throughout the ages, Greece has created an inspiring legacy in the arts and culture. Renowned Greek philosophers, architects, sculptors, poets and playwrights like Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Herodotus, Sophocles, Euripedes and Aeschylus have made remarkable contributions over the centuries to the arts and culture and have left an indelible foundation for future generations.

Can Art Be Knowledge?

Can Art Be Knowledge?

Knowledge can take many forms. There is “knowledge by acquaintance”, as in knowing a person or place. There is propositional knowledge, or “knowledge that” – for example, knowing that the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016. There is also “knowledge how”, as in knowing how to ride a bicycle.

The Urge To Share News Of Our Lives Is Neither New Nor Narcissistic

the urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic
Narcissism is defined as excessive self-love or self-centredness. In Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love when he saw his reflection in water: he gazed so long, he eventually died. Today, the quintessential image is not someone staring at his reflection but into his mobile phone. While we pine away for that perfect Snapchat filter or track our likes on Instagram, the mobile phone has become a vortex of social media that sucks us in and feeds our narcissistic tendencies. Or so it would seem.

The Future Of Golf May Not Be On The Golf Course

The Future Of Golf May Not Be On The Golf CourseCould disc golf become more popular than ball golf by 2028? Ask disc golfers and they’ll say, “You bet – our sport is growing like crazy.” But for most Americans, the answer is, “What’s disc golf?” And the typical ball golfer will likely respond, “No – and stop calling my sport ball golf.”

Why It Matters That Teens Are Reading Less

Why It Matters That Teens Are Reading Less
Most of us spend much more time with digital media than we did a decade ago. But today’s teens have come of age with smartphones in their pockets. Compared to teens a couple of decades ago, the way they interact with traditional media like books and movies is fundamentally different.

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit

Memory Loss Isn't Just An Old Person's Problem: Here's How You Can Stay Mentally Fit
When I give talks, I am often approached by people who are worried about their memory. Maybe they are studying for an exam and don’t feel that they learn as well as their peers. Maybe they keep forgetting to close the window when they leave the house. Or maybe they struggle to remember an event that happened a few weeks ago but which everyone else can describe in vivid detail.

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

Video-On-Demand And The Myth Of Endless Choice

If you like independent, art-house films or other specialised movies, you may have heard of the Romanian comedy-drama Sieranevada, which was released in 2016. The film was formally premiered as part of the main competition programme of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and was subsequently shown at other international film festivals, including Toronto, New York and London.

Can Art Really Make A Difference?

Can Art Really Make A Difference?
Artists persist in challenging assumed knowledge in their attempts to awaken the conscience of the world. Artists can become witnesses for the prosecution of the crimes of our times, as well as enabling some viewers to see the world differently.

A Decision for Life: Living Our Own Unique Creativity

A Decision for Life: Living Our Own Unique Creativity
To live our own creativity in a self-determined way – this may be one of the most difficult tasks there is. Although we should first dispel a misconception – this does not mean that we just “do our thing” without regard for others. It is better thought of as a service of love for our community in attunement with ourselves.

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy Tales

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy TalesFor as long as we have been able to stand upright and speak, we have told stories. They explained the mysteries of the world: birth, death, the seasons, day and night. They were the origins of human creativity, expressed in words but also in pictures...

Reading Classic Novels In An Era Of Climate Change

Reading Classic Novels In An Era Of Climate ChangeThere is a strange and troubled kind of intimacy between our own moment of climate change and 19th century Britain. It was there that a global, fossil fuel economy first took shape, through its coal-powered factories, railways, and steamships, which drove the emergence of modern consumer capitalism. The Conversation

How To Actually Beat Time By Slowing Down

How To Actually Beat Time by Slowing DownIt is hard to stop hurrying mentally toward the next task, fretting about something in the future, or ruminating over something that happened the day before. Even if we vow not to squander the next hour through inattention, it happens. We slip back into our thoughts and forget to be awake.

How To Embrace Your Vision and Allow It To Expand

How To Embrace Our Vision & Allow It To ExpandThe manner in which we approach our work is highly revealing and immediately evident to the sensitive viewer; our energies directly transfer into the work itself. Most of us yearn for a high order of integrity and caring from others in our lives. Do we not wish to embody this care, this quality, in ourselves and in our own way of working?

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