Life Before Death at the Wellcome Collection

This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying – and living. Life Before Death at the Wellcome…

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Yi-Fu Tuan – Dear Colleague

“‘Experience’ is a good word. I like it because the root ‘per’ in ‘experience’ means peril or danger. One takes risks in experiencing, one learns from experience” Yi-Fu Tuan – Dear Colleague

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Field Notes from Shanghai: China’s Digital Mavens

“In almost every category, Chinese youth expressed an even deeper investment in the online world than their American counterparts. It is particularly compelling the degree to which they use digital media to escape constraints on their real world experienc Field Notes from Shanghai: China’s Digital Mavens

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Long Now Foundation

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. … Some sort of balancing corrective [is needed] which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility—where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries. The Long Now The Long Now Foundation, established in 1996, is an American non-profit organization based in San Francisco that seeks to start and…

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Civil society – an introduction – Citizendium

“Civil society is the arena of uncoerced collective action around shared interests, purposes and values…. Civil society commonly embraces a diversity of spaces, actors and institutional forms, varying in their degree of formality, autonomy and power.” Civil society – an introduction – Citizendium

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Religious Tolerance: Taoism

Good one-page summary. “Taoists believe that ‘people are compassionate by nature…left to their own devices [they] will show this compassion without expecting a reward.’” Religious Tolerance: Taoism

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Island Man spends a night on 162 Scottish islands

Andy Strangeway, 42, a painter and decorator from Yorkshire, has completed his quest to sleep on every Scottish island with an area of over 40 hectares. The quest, which began on the island of Barra, took four years and was completed on September 3, after Strangeway spent the night on the uninhabited island of Soay in the St. Kilda…

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Old Peter’s Russian Tales retold by Arthur Ransome

The stories in this book are those that Russian peasants tell their children and each other. In Russia hardly anybody is too old for fairy stories, and I have even heard soldiers on their way to the war talking of very wise and very beautiful princesses as they drank their tea by the side of…

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