Social Media

“The internet and social media have drastically changed the way we communicate with each other. It has made communication faster and easier than ever before. However, it has also made communication more impersonal and has led to the breakdown of communication through social media. One of the biggest problems with social media is that it …

Social Media Read More »

Education

“The United States education system is in need of reform and there are a number of ways to improve public education. One way to improve public education is to increase funding for schools. Another way to improve public education is to improve teacher training and to attract and retain the best teachers. Another way to …

Education Read More »

Heat Island

“A heat island is a metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activity. The main cause of heat islands is the replacement of natural land cover (such as trees and vegetation) with impermeable surfaces (such as concrete and asphalt), which absorb and re–radiate more heat than vegetated surfaces. …

Heat Island Read More »

Fatalism

“Fatalism is the belief that events are determined by forces beyond our control and that we are powerless to change them. Many people think of fatalism as a negative philosophy because it seems to take away our ability to make choices and to control our own destiny. Fatalism is often contrasted with determinism, which is …

Fatalism Read More »

Pandemics

“A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of individuals. A widespread endemic disease with a stable number of infected individuals is not a pandemic. Widespread endemic diseases with a stable number of infected individuals such as recurrences of seasonal influenza are generally excluded as they occur …

Pandemics Read More »

Systems Theory

“Systems theory is the interdisciplinary study of systems, i.e. cohesive groups of interrelated, interdependent components that can be natural or human-made. Every system has causal boundaries, is influenced by its context, defined by its structure, function and role, and expressed through its relations with other systems. A system is “more than the sum of its parts” by expressing synergy or emergent behavior. Changing one component …

Systems Theory Read More »

Doctrine of Discovery

“The discovery doctrine, also called doctrine of discovery, is a concept of public international law that was promulgated by the Catholic Church and European monarchies in order to legitimize the colonization and evangelization of lands outside Europe. Between the mid-fifteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, this idea allowed European entities to seize lands inhabited by Indigenous peoples under the guise of “discovering new land”, meaning land not inhabited …

Doctrine of Discovery Read More »

Anthropocene

“The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change. As of April 2022, neither the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) nor the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) has officially approved the term as a recognised subdivision …

Anthropocene Read More »

Assisted Suicide

“Assisted suicide is suicide undertaken with the aid of another person. The term usually refers to physician-assisted suicide (PAS), which is suicide that is assisted by a physician or other healthcare provider. Once it is determined that the person’s situation qualifies under the physician-assisted suicide laws for that place, the physician’s assistance is usually limited …

Assisted Suicide Read More »

National Security Agency (NSA)

“The National Security Agency (NSA) is a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense, under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA is responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, specializing in a discipline known as signals intelligence (SIGINT). …

National Security Agency (NSA) Read More »

Equality

Shirley Anita Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) was an American politician who in 1968 became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress. Chisholm represented New York’s 12th congressional district, a district centered on Bedford–Stuyvesant,] for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1972, she became the first black candidate for a major-party nomination for President of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Racism

“Brigadier General Richard Henry Pratt (December 6, 1840 – March 15, 1924) was an American military officer who founded and was longtime superintendent of the influential Carlisle Indian Industrial School at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is associated with the first recorded use of the word “racism,” which he used in 1902 to criticize racial segregation. Pratt …

Racism Read More »

Kalevala

Kalevala, the dwelling place of the poem’s chief characters, is a poetic name for Finland, meaning “land of heroes.” The leader of the “sons of Kaleva” is the old and wise Väinämöinen, a powerful seer with supernatural origins, who is a master of the kantele, the Finnish harplike stringed instrument.

Eclecticism

“Eclecticism is a philosophical and methodological approach that emphasizes the study of a wide range of ideas, perspectives, and sources. The term is often used in reference to the philosophy of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who drew upon a wide range of sources in his work. In recent years, eclecticism has been advocated as …

Eclecticism Read More »