While education is important, there are those who accomplish greatness with little or no formal schooling. This article takes a brief look at ten great people in history that changed the world although their educational opportunities were extremely limited.
Romani and Domari people, who are pejoratively referred to as 'gypsies', are itinerant populations found worldwide. Together they number approximately 20 million and are mainly found throughout Europe, the Middle-East and the Americas, for years discriminated against. This is their story.
Throughout history there have been hundreds, even thousands, of mystics—men and women who have both attempted to enter into an altered state of consciousness and have claimed to have directly communicated with God or the absolute. We will explore mysticism and mystics in this article.
Now referred to as new religious movements (NRM), cults are tight-knit groups often led by a charismatic leader who claims to be everything from God on Earth to the Messiah who will save humanity. Cult followers are often abused mentally and sexually as well as exploited for their labor.
Those with extraordinary mental abilities have fascinated people for millennia. However, those people endowed with one particular "island of knowledge" at the exclusion of all other cognitive capabilities have been uniquely captivating. Today, we know those with these singular abilities as savants.
Understanding history is important as a way of making sense of the present and planning for the future. In this article we will look at how various influenza pandemics have affected the world's population, its economy, political and cultural perceptions. History does not necessarily repeat itself.
The treatment of mental illness has undergone an astonishing transformation since ancient times. During the Renaissance mental illness was thought to be from demonic possession. The Age of Enlightenment ushered in the humane treatment of the mentally ill. Where are we today? Also, new videos added.
It has been said by some experts that the golden age of medicine started sometime in the 1950s. Certainly today we are fortunate to enjoy advancements in medical treatments our grandparents could have never imagined. Unfortunately, for the people that lived in premodern times this was not the case.
In 2013, the National Credit System of China was conceived and began to take shape. It is a system having little to do with financial credit and a great deal to do with social and political behavior. It is a method for China to control its citizens through a process of rewards and punishment.
In Chinese culture, obedience is a virtue. It is taught from an early age. Parents feel it is their right and duty to force their will on their children, often doing this well into adulthood. This article looks at Chinese obedience in the present but also within a historical perspective.
In a parallel universe, where our laws of physics don't apply, evolution is not the way for species to advance. Instead, all living organisms; animals, humans and trees, reach higher levels of existence through reincarnation. This story is about a parallel world in a far away universe.
It is widely agreed that automation in the form of artificial intelligence and robots will eventually displace a great number of workers throughout all industries. To what degree this will happen is not known. We will explore this as well as the concept of universal basic income as a solution.
There are many tests for measuring intelligence. They mostly measure your ability to solve and think through problems. Ultimately, IQ scores are used for educational placement and evaluating job applicants. This article is about an alternative method of viewing intelligence. New videos included.
The differences between East and West are plentiful. Social and family structures are perhaps the areas exhibiting the greatest differences. This article will show one aspect of the Chinese family structure in which grandparents play an important role in raising children.
The Guna are native people who live in Panama and Colombia. They are at risk of loosing their land to rising sea levels. Directly related to the Caribs, from which the name Caribbean derives, they are one of the few matriarchal society in existence today. This article is about them.
All over the world, humans celebrate the cycle of life: birth, adulthood, procreation, and death. However, death has always been of particular interest to people worldwide. How we deal with death is sometimes manifested through celebrations. This article will take a somewhat jaunty look at this.
This article describes a social phenomenon in Japan of which few people are aware. It points to the fact that its customs, traditions and lifestyles are patently different from Western and specially American culture. Perhaps, this is why it continues to fascinate so many people worldwide.
The BRIC economies are comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. They are emerging markets predicted to be able to surpass the G7 countries—U.S.A., U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Canada, and Japan—sometime in the future. This article will look at their chances of accomplishing this.
Corruption has become a problem of global proportion. This article will look at what I believe are the six most corrupt world leaders in recent history. Unfortunately, there are many more than just these six.
Oil-rich Venezuela is imploding economically, socially, and politically. This article will try to explain some of the conditions leading to the failure of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro's Bolivarian revolution.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Their poverty and traditions of political corruption and political violence go back to the time of the Spanish conquistadors. Daniel Ortega continues his stranglehold on the country.
Collectivism versus individualism stand at opposite ends of the cultural dimension by the same name and delineated by anthropologist Geert Hofstede. In this article we will try to contrast collectivist China with individualistic America.
Understanding the way we process knowledge is crucial for making the right decisions regarding education. The theory of multiple intelligences is a good start.
Domestically and internationally, China continues to act as a miscreant. What should our approach be? Is a trade war the solution?
Be happier, be healthier, be creative. Learn how creativity improves your health—and how you can increase your creative output! Check out these tools, methods, and projects for boosting your creativity so that you can gain some wonderful mental and physical benefits.
The terms "machismo" or "macho" has been compared to "male chauvinist." However, there are some important differences between the two descriptions. This article will attempt to explore those differences and how they affect women's career paths.
Central America has been abused both by Spain during colonial times and later by the United States. This article provides the reader with a brief look at what has occurred in the past.
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