E.F. Schumacher Sought to Redesign Economics Based on Sustainability and Well-Being

E.F. Schumacher (1911-1977) was born in Bonn, Germany and would become one of the most influential economic thinkers of the 20th century. His most well-known book, Small is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered (1973) would give weight to the growing environmental concerns of the 70s. Schumacher was writing at a time when the…

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Interesting Facts About Tool’s Music

Here are some interesting facts about Tool’s music, categorised by the band’s albums. Opiate There’s a hidden song at the end of the title track called “The Gaping Lotus Experience”. The line from “Sweat”, “Slipping into a dream within a dream” references Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “A Dream Within a Dream”. Undertow The discordant sounds…

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The Long-Term Effects of Mystical Experiences

It’s difficult to define a mystical experience. What exactly does it involve? Do they all share some basic elements? It’s probably a good idea to broadly define mystical to include the different kinds of experiences that people report as being mystical. What’s also interesting is that it is common for mystical experiences to have lasting effects,…

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What is Life and How Did It Originate?

Abiogenesis is the process by which life arises from inorganic matter. Fossilised primitive bacteria have been found which are 3.5 billion years old, which means life could have existed for much longer. Although, given the age of the Earth at around 4.3 billion years, scientists estimate that life has probably been around for no more than…

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James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis Offers a Revolutionary View of the Planet

James Lovelock (born 1919) is an independent scientist from Devon who, after developing his famous Gaia Hypothesis, gained a notorious status in the scientific community. Gaia is the name of the Greek goddess of the Earth or Mother Earth, as she is also called. This goddess is referenced to in The Homeric Hymns which date back…

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