Category: Opinion

  • 4 out of 10 people who get doctorates in Norway are foreign citizens

    4 out of 10 people who get doctorates in Norway are foreign citizens

    4 out of 10 people who get doctorates in Norway are foreign citizens

  • How Europe became so rich

    How Europe became so rich

    It should be emphasised that Europe’s success was not the result of any inherent superiority of European (much less Christian) culture. It was rather what is known as a classical emergent property, a complex and unintended outcome of simpler interactions on the whole. The modern European economic miracle was the result of contingent institutional outcomes.…

  • Toronto’s Buds are Blooming

    Toronto’s Buds are Blooming

      Photos by Saide Kardar  via Samsung phone (8)

  • photo of the day – katydid nymph’s yoga

    photo of the day – katydid nymph’s yoga

    Andreas Kay is a photographer who shares the wonders of the Amazon rainforest with us… In this photo he captured a moment that is much like a starching yoga pose of a katydid nymph. continue reading …

  • Iranian Scientist at Melbourne university turned carbon dioxide back into coal

    Iranian Scientist at Melbourne university turned carbon dioxide back into coal

    Lead author, Dr Dorna Esrafilzadeh, a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in RMIT’s School of Engineering, developed the electrochemical technique to capture and convert atmospheric CO2 to storable solid carbon. To convert CO2, the researchers designed a liquid metal catalyst with specific surface properties that made it extremely efficient at conducting electricity while chemically activating the surface.…

  • In Praise of Short-Term Love

    In Praise of Short-Term Love

    So much in our culture emphasizes long-term love; it may be time to hear a word or two in praise of the short-term approach.

  • Four Billion Years of Evolution in Six Minutes

    Four Billion Years of Evolution in Six Minutes

    You’re Wrong About Evolution. Mst people – probably even you – have been taught evolution wrong, according to Prosanta Chakrabarty, associate professor of ichthyology, evolution and systematics at Louisiana State University. He breaks these down in this brilliant TED talk: Four billion years of evolution in six minutes. If you have the time, it’s definitely worth watching, because…

  • Japanese super-centenarian Masazo Nonaka

    Japanese super-centenarian Masazo Nonaka

    At 112 years, Japanese super-centenarian Masazo Nonaka has just been recognized as the world’s oldest man. The new record holder was born on July 25, 1905 … He needs a wheelchair to move but he is in good condition,” Yuko Nonaka, his granddaughter, told AFP. “He loves eating any kinds of sweets – Japanese or…

  • Persian Yellow Deer Got a Fawn

    Persian Yellow Deer Got a Fawn

    Iran Environment and Wild Life Watch reported that the endangered and one of the world’s rarest deer species had a new family member and their total numbers adds up to 45 …  

  • West is not Bad

    West is not Bad

    In general there is no Western human and its unique way of biological being that differs from the rest of the world… So there is no innate quest in West to dominate other human. Whoever had the power would do the same as west did. The fact of the matter is, in the long evolving…

  • Just Say ‘I’m Sorry’

    Just Say ‘I’m Sorry’

    Aaccording to the psychologist and author Harriet Lerner, the wording of my apology was just what the “doctor” would have ordered. In the very first chapter of her new book, “Why Won’t You Apologize?,” Dr. Lerner points out that apologies followed by rationalizations are “never satisfying” and can even be harmful. “When ‘but’ is tagged…

  • The Hyperbole of Internet-Speak

    The Hyperbole of Internet-Speak

    Parents with young children up to 25 years old can not keep up with the the hyperbolic  vocabularies, impressions, exaggerations  that being used  and changed in an almost daily bases. “‘Literally dying’ has become, like, the new LOL,” she said, referring to the acronym for “laugh out loud,” which, of course, if you know literally…

  • Simple life Was Only Necessary

    Simple life Was Only Necessary

    Through much of human history, frugal simplicity was not a choice but a necessity – and since necessary, it was also deemed a moral virtue. But with the advent of industrial capitalism and a consumer society, a system arose that was committed to relentless growth, and with it grew a population (aka ‘the market’) that…

  • A Simple but Fantastic Illusion

    A Simple but Fantastic Illusion

    You can not believe your eyes after looking at this picture that simply shows a brick wall. A wall that has crack in it and there is a small stone sitting there. right? Wrong.  They say usually it takes about 30 seconds to find out the illusion here… I don’t think so … Just look…

  • Fact-Resistant Humans Killing the Earth

    Fact-Resistant Humans Killing the Earth

    Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports. The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as…

  • Debate Whether the World Exists

    Debate Whether the World Exists

    You might not think there’d be much overlap between neuroscience and philosophy, but that’s not what philosopher Alva Noë sees. Where philosophers have long debated how much we should trust our perception of the external world, neuroscientists operate on the assumption that we shouldn’t trust it much at all. According to neuroscience, says, Noë, it’s…

  • Secularism in the Last Six Centuries

    Secularism in the Last Six Centuries

    The religious implications of secularism are often misconstrued, too. Secularisation did not mean godlessness; for the most part, early modern Europeans were profoundly Christian. It was rather that the boundary between the religious and the secular became more distinct than before. As the 17th-century English philosopher Sir Thomas Browne put it, humans live ‘in divided…

  • Future of Islam

    Future of Islam

    “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.” ― George Orwell, 1984 These days every other person seems to be concerned about the future of Islamic Civilization. From the Islamists, the traditionalists, the Liberals, the Conservatives etc. almost everyone seems to have a stake in the…

  • The girl in a veil

    The girl in a veil

    It was all we had on our minds: to hit on girls when they least expected it. We were teenage boys in junior high; three friends looking for ways to spend the heated summer of my hometown. One day while on our hunt for a possible best “catch”, and to escape the three o’clock scorching…

  • My mother had no idea what "feminisim" means

    My mother had no idea what "feminisim" means

    I was only six when me and my mother walked through the mountains for the first time, to get to our ancestral village in northern Iran. I was so excited, cause my mother promised to buy me a goat to play with, while we were spending the short time there. My annual trips to the village were…

  • A philosophical Self-Knowledge Questionnaire

    A philosophical Self-Knowledge Questionnaire

    According to the philosophers of Ancient Greece, the summit of achievement was to have followed the injunction to ‘know yourself.’ While we all have some ideas about who we are, the knowledge we have is often patchy, and we have few opportunities to be guided in reflecting on our personality traits. This questionnaire does not…

  • On the Internet, Everyone is a Critic

    On the Internet, Everyone is a Critic

    On the Internet, everyone is a critic — a Yelp-fueled takedown artist, an Amazon scholar, a cheerleader empowered by social media to Like and to Share. The inflated, always suspect authority of ink-stained wretches like me has been leveled by digital anarchy. Who needs a cranky nag when you have a friendly algorithm telling you,…

  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year

  • A Family Portrait That left on the Moon

    A Family Portrait That left on the Moon

    On April 20, 1972, Apollo 16 astronaut Charles Duke took his first steps on the Moon. He was 36 at the time and is the youngest human in history to ever walk on the lunar surface. But that’s not the only achievement of Duke’s that lives on in American history. While he was on the…

  • Dancing Kid in Iranian Religious Mourning Parade

    Dancing Kid in Iranian Religious Mourning Parade

    “Ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our…

  • Elephants’ Strategy to Fight Cancer

    Elephants’ Strategy to Fight Cancer

    In 1977, a University of Oxford statistician named Richard Peto pointed out a simple yet puzzling biological fact: We humans should have a lot more cancer than mice, but we don’t. Dr. Peto’s argument was beguilingly simple. Every time a cell divides, there’s a small chance it will gain a mutation that speeds its growth.…

  • How Did Humans Spread Out Over the Earth?

    Most of human history is prehistory. Of the 200,000 or more years that humans have spent on Earth, only a tiny fraction have been recorded in writing. Even in our own little sliver of geologic time, the 12,000 years of the Holocene, whose warm weather and relatively stable climate incubated the birth of agriculture, cities,…

  • Vsauce YouTube channel and Billion viewers

    Vsauce YouTube channel and Billion viewers

    The concept that Mr Vsauce ( one of the most popular YouTube channel) explained in this 21 minutes video, is mind boggling. He start talking in his fidgety way about a simple fact that some words like “The” get used more often in the language. Then goes in details of exploring The Zipf Mystery… And…

  • The Web is Dying

    The Web is Dying

    Seven months ago, I sat down at the small table in the kitchen of my 1960s apartment, nestled on the top floor of a building in a vibrant central neighbourhood of Tehran, and I did something I had done thousands of times previously. I opened my laptop and posted to my new blog. This, though,…

  • Will You Die in the Next Five Years?

    Will You Die in the Next Five Years?

    Doctors claim to have found a way to predict a person’s risk of dying in the next five years – using a simple questionnaire. With predictable questions on smoking habits and history of illness, but also more nuanced inquiries about the pace of your walk, your attitude to your own health and even how many…

  • #ImNoAngel

    The female body image debate is just as important for men as it is for women. This week has been particularly good for bringing the idea of female body image acceptance into the fore. That’s good news for all of us – not just women struggling with their perceptions of their appearance. In the past…

  • Slow TV Movement

    Slow TV Movement

    The concept started with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s coverage of the, at that time, longest professional rail fan driver’s eye view, showing the complete 7-hour train ride. It was followed by the live coverage of 134-hour voyage of a ship Both events received extensive attention in both Norwegian and foreign media, and were considered a…

  • Solitude is Enlightening But Could Go Wrong

    To take oneself out into the wilderness as part of a spiritual quest is one thing, but to remain there in a kind of barren ecstasy is another. The Anglo-American mystic Thomas Merton argues that ‘there is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality, for life is maintained and…

  • The Greatest Enemy of Truth

    The Greatest Enemy of Truth

    Apart from being one of the most revered scientists to ever live, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was also an active supporter of various social causes such as the early American civil rights movement. He was and continues to be uniquely of science and of popular culture. Image source Big Think

  • A Shaolin Monk’s Tips On How To Stay Young

    A Shaolin Monk’s Tips On How To Stay Young

    1. Don’t think too much. Thinking takes energy. Thinking can make you look old. 2. Don’t talk too much. Most people either talk or do. Better to do. 3. When you work, work for 40 minutes then stop for 10 minutes. When you look at something all the time, it can damage your eyes and…

  • Slap Her

    Slap Her

    What happens when you put a boy in front of a girl and ask him to slap her? Here is how children react to the subject of violence against women this video has been shot by    

  • Rich People Live Longer

    Rich People Live Longer

    It is widely known that countries with high per-capita wealth have long life expectancies, but just how strong is the correlation across the board? In this video from The Gapminder Foundation, Hans Rosling, professor of international health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, explores the visual data that details the link between gross domestic product…

  • Brides Race to Win a Wedding Dress

    Brides Race to Win a Wedding Dress

    The 150-metre dash requires competitors to don wedding gowns and running shoes in a sprint through the Serbian capital. Belgrade resident Sanja Cigoja was the first to cross the finishing line out of the 100 ladies taking part, with an impressive winning time of 19 seconds.The winner and two runners-up receive numerous awards including the…

  • The Animal That Wouldn't Die

    The Animal That Wouldn't Die

    A small freshwater animal – the uncommonly resilient hydra – challenges the belief that all living things must die. The idea that living organisms are born to reproduce and ultimately die is one of the most common and widely accepted ideas about life across cultures. But is it true? Using whimsical animation, The Animal That…

  • Cartoon for Hottest Year Ever; 2014

    Cartoon for Hottest Year Ever; 2014

    All of these  scientific centres and global climate watchers claim that 2014 was the warmest year ever Global Analysis – Annual 2014 2014 on track to be hottest year on record, says US science agency climate NOAA 2014 warmest year in Europe since 1500s