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Bee-ing Human

Author: Sangeeta Iyer

June 27, 2022

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” This startling revelation often attributed to the physicist and Nobel laureate, Albert Einstein (1), although it has been hotly debated (2), opens our eyes to how essential bees are – as, perhaps, is each and every [...]

Gitanjali by Tagore: An Investigation

Author: Prof. Ananda Lal

June 27, 2022

On 29th March 2021, The New Acropolis Culture Circle conducted an online session on Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize-winning work Gitanjali, with Prof. Ananda Lal. An authority on Tagore, he retired as Professor of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and directs Writers Workshop, the oldest continuing publisher of Indian poetry in English. The professor’s doctoral thesis had [...]

The Role of Shakespearean Tragedies in Society

Author: Akanksha Sanghi

June 27, 2022

Today, we often think of theatre as merely a form of “entertainment” or “fiction”, yet in many ancient traditions such as Greek, Indian, and Egyptian, theatre played a very important role in society. It was considered to be educational, even mystical, with the aim of allowing people to connect to some invisible, intangible principles of [...]

Crime – Can we Do Something about it?

Author: Gilad Sommer

June 6, 2022

There is a plague that is wreaking havoc in our cities these days, causing distress, pain, and fear. I’m not talking about COVID, but about the pestilence of crime. In the United States it has been a political issue for big city mayors for many decades, much thought and money has been thrown at the [...]

The Gurukul Tradition of Ancient India

Author: Manjula Nanavati

May 25, 2022

Indian philosophy holds that the universe is not confined to what is apparent to our sense perceptions, and that the Ultimate Reality is veiled from us, by a curtain that maroons us in ignorance and illusion. Accordingly, the main purpose of education in ancient India was to pierce this curtain in order to experience the [...]

Philosophy of Education

Author: Julian Scott

May 25, 2022

Napoleon once declared, “Of all political questions, education is perhaps the most important.” Undoubtedly, education is important from a political perspective because it has a major effect on the development of the citizen. But what about its value for the individual? Perhaps both of these facets are equally important and, as Aristotle pointed out, ethics [...]

Integral Education

Author: Istvan Orban

May 25, 2022

Integral education is a popular term covering educational systems that focus not only on cognitive skills, but also on physical, vital, spiritual and psychological abilities. The idea of integral education is to provide a complex structure that can help to develop all aspects and all levels of the human being. Students who learn in this [...]

Genius of the Northern Renaissance – Albrecht Dürer

Author: Tim Leahy

May 25, 2022

If you were asked to name an artist of the Renaissance who was a superb painter, draughtsman, and skilled in science and mathematics, you would most likely think of Leonardo da Vinci. But there were others, and foremost among them was a German artist named Albrecht Dürer. Dürer was the leading artist of what is [...]

The Study of (Western) Esotericism

Author: Agostino Dominici

May 16, 2022

We live in the so called Information Age in which any kind of knowledge is at our fingertips. Topics which fall under the categories of ‘esoteric’, ‘metaphysical’ or ‘occult’ have never been easier to reach. Hundreds of research papers on these topics can be freely downloaded on various online platforms (e.g. www.academia.edu), while thousands of [...]

The Negative Impact of Technology on Education

Author: Florimond Krins

May 16, 2022

In this article I would like to share with you an interesting paper entitled “Four Ways Technology Has Negatively Changed Education”, by Dr Khadija Alhumaid. In it she describes the extent to which technology has gradually been integrated into our education processes and methodology. Technology is not something new and specific to our industrial civilisation, [...]

What is Fear ?

Author: Michel Echenique Isasa

May 10, 2022

Fear is a sudden interruption of the reasoning process. The first thing that happens to us when we feel fear is that we lose the ability to rationalize any situation whatsoever. But is rationalization necessary when we don’t know what is happening? Generally, when something happens, we form a prejudice, we think a kind of [...]

Education and Art

Author: Sabine Leitner

April 30, 2022

There are many studies that show that involvement in the arts can lead to increased academic performance. Dance, drama, music, and the visual arts in the school curriculum enable children to develop self-confidence and self-understanding, problem solving skills, perseverance and discipline, focus and concentration, creativity, self-directed learning, collaboration and many others – these are [...]