Not to get too introspective, but have you ever wondered–under the influence or not–how you know for sure who you are? The good news is that if you have, you’re not alone. Educator James Zucker assesses these age-old questions and the various proposals of the West’s greatest philosophers.
You can’t walk more than a few feet in the Republic of Indonesia without seeing a tobacco advertisement. The images are so prevalent and deeply ingrained within the culture that children as young as four are already addicted to smoking – sometimes going through multiple packs of cigarettes a day. They’re cheap, the lobbying is relentless, and virtually no information is made available about the dangers of addiction or smoking-related health risks (interestingly, some clinics in Indonesia claim that tobacco smoke is something of a panacea, able to cure everything from autism to certain kinds of cancer).
Located in southeastern Turkey is Mount Nemrut, the 7,000 feet tall mountain that plays host to a number of centuries-old statues. For decades ancient kings flocked to the summit and erected numerous sanctuaries and tombs there, and given Turkey’s rocky past, it’s a wonder that the statues are still intact.