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.
Browsing ATI By curiosities
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.
Mass production of unrecognizable counterfeit currency that doesn’t contribute to inflation when used still eludes us, which means that most of us have to drag ourselves to and from work every day. While it’s not something enjoyable, it’s definitely not as big a problem as some people make it out to be. After reading about those commutes, the next time someone on the train coughs on you, you might actually be…thankful.
If you live in remote parts of Alaska, dog sledding really is your most viable option of getting around. A less-furry alternative would be a snowmobile or other kind of machine with an engine strapped to it, but it actually is illegal to use motorized vehicles in parts of Alaska such as Denali National Park.
For most of our existence, humans have used myths to demystify the world and our place in it. We created stories to explain where babies come from and where the sun goes at night and everything in-between. Up until the Enlightenment, when we began using science to understand the universe, these stories were all we had to make sense of things. Here is a collection of some of the most fascinating, creative, and even unpleasant stories that explained the origins of the earth before science could.
Norse Mythology: Odin and Ymir
Nordic people populate the modern day nations of Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Besides minimalistic contemporary design and tall blondes, these countries are best known for long, dark winters, snow, and alcoholism. That might explain why their origin story involves so much murder and ice.
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In 1921, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach wrote Psychodiagnostik, which would become the basis for his inkblot test, a test designed to reveal the underlying personality of an individual based upon what feelings and images each inkblot evokes in the viewer. After working with multiple inkblots, Rorschach selected 10 for the test. When Rorschach died the following year, psychologists Samuel Beck and Bruno Klopfer modified his test scoring system. John Exner further standardized the test. Rorschach intended for the test to be used for diagnosing schizophrenia, but psychologists have since used the test to determine personality types.