Gender equality

From Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger to U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, British actress Emma Watson has made quite an impact in her 24 years of life to date — but her fight to help end gender inequality around the world has only just begun. During an appearance to promote the launch of a new U.N. Movement for Gender […]

Should art be judged based upon social values?

Online Article (and some comments in the end): MPAA’s R-Rating for Gay Drama ‘Love is Strange’ Draws More Accusations of Homophobia Ira Sachs’ acclaimed film stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a committed couple of four decades, with nary a hint of sex or violence This weekend, 16-year-olds across the nation will have to […]

What is LIFE???

Some people might ask what is the word meaning of Life? Some people might think the meaning in the dictionary is going to be the correct answer. Some people would go to wikipedia to search for life and then the result is just a living. There could be lots of meaning about life, but in […]

The meaning of poop

The Oral History of the Poop Emoji link Kat: In Japanese that’s called “unchi.” It’s a child word with a benign meaning. Once we bring  outside of the Japanese community, we have all of these acquired meanings, so you’ve got a problem. Well, this is insulting. Of course somebody will say, Did the Unicode Consortium sink this […]

The New Normal Barbie, Acne and Cellulite Sold Separately

For all you cunning entrepreneurs, need-finders and future product designers, here’s a success story. Nickolay Lamm, a self-professed artist and researcher, raised a hefty round of crowd-sourced funding last year towards his project, the Lammily doll. Lammily is supposed to be the long-awaited antidote to Barbie, whose dimensions we talked about in class on Tuesday. […]

Burial of Ebola Victims the Greatest Source of Infection

“Ebola victims are most infectious right after death—which means that West African burial practices, where families touch the bodies, are spreading the disease like wildfire.” This article addresses the traditional burial practices that were responsible for the soaring infection rates of Ebola in West Africa. Medical personnel tasked to ensure “safe burial” (by taking the bodies away […]

Who is Right?

It is said that the famous sophist Protagoras took on a pupil, Euathlus, on the understanding that the student pay Protagoras for his instruction after he wins his first court case. Protagoras decided to sue Euathlus for the amount owed. Protagoras argued that if he won the case he would be paid his money. If […]