Category: Other Publications

Humanists at the Santa Fe Institute

Professor Daniel Hudon (Core Natural Sciences) writes… What’s the best kind of conversation to have, with those who share your views or those who don’t? If you want to have anything beyond a mutually agreeing chat, then you’re going to want to seek out interlocutors who don’t share your views because they’re the ones who […]

Robert Dorit on re-reading Darwin

For almost two centuries, Charles Darwin and his theories have been studied, criticized, and validated by the scientific community and yet, to this day controversy continues to surround his work. To try and address the continued controversies of Darwin’s work, scholar Robert Dorit re-analyzes the Origin of Species in terms of time and its importance […]

Ricks mentioned in the NYTimes

Although “The Iliad” and Psalms were sung to the lyre, music and poetry are now separate in the minds of most literary arbiters. Yet the critic Christopher Ricks contends that Bob Dylan’s fine, surprising language establishes him as a poet, whatever his medium. Leonard Cohen, accepting the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature in October, […]

On the new digital culture

Beyond the sheer mental workload, our thoughts have acquired a new orientation. Of the two mental worlds everyone inhabits, the inner and the outer, the latter increasingly rules. The more connected we are, the more we depend on the world outside ourselves to tell us how to think and live. There’s always been a conflict […]

Layers upon Layers

All works of art are built from the works that have preceded them, in a series of creative reinterpretations that allow artists to explore new possibilities. As Core scholars, we are familiar with this flow of creation, but this week it took on a more literal meaning when the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam found a new […]

From Scroll to Screen

From scrolls, to the codex, to e-books, like the Amazon Kindle, the format of the book is changing in our new technological age.  A recent New York Times article describes this ever-changing phenomenon and what we should expect to sacrifice in giving up the good-ole paperback. In the classical world, the scroll was the book […]

Genesis in the Facebook era

… going carbon-based for the life-forms seems a tad obvious, no? – A comment left on God’s blog post, when He invited feedback on His world-in-progress, and updated his status to read: “Pretty pleased with what I’ve come up with in just six days. Going to take tomorrow off.” (From a humor piece in The […]

Analects of the Core: Austen on stupid men (and some Austeniana)

Thank Heaven! I am going to-morrow where I shall find a man who has not one agreeable quality, who has neither manner nor sense to recommend him. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing, after all. – Elizabeth Bennet, in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Volume II, Chapter iv, 151-152 (Penguin Classics edition) * […]

Crib notes for Hamlet

You may be asked to summarize the plot of Shakespeare’s Hamlet during your study of the play in CC201 this fall. If so, you couldn’t do worse than to give as precise and cogent an answer as the student author does here: Hamlet was a young man very nervous. He was always dressed in black […]

Budgeting for college students

The financial counseling staff at Kansas State University have published an article addressing financial responsibility for college students. From the piece: Budgeting should begin before a student even sets foot on campus, said Jodi Kaus, program director for Powercat Financial Counseling at Kansas State University. Students may have extra funding from high school graduation gifts, […]