Posts by: hjdion

Ho! A Postcard!

We have received our first postcard of the semester from our good friend Priest. He writes us from California: “To those who have profoundly influenced me: Tis Autumn, yet California refuses to relinquish its summer-a high of 33 degrees celsius this week; woe to the republic. Elsewise, the season had me in many a mood, […]

And So It Begins…

At the start of every new year in the Core Curriculum, we like to begin at the very beginning, with the Epic of Gilgamesh. And while it technically remains the same story from year to year, we’re always delighted to watch how different students and professors bring their own views and interpretations to the text. […]

“College Confusion” with Seth Godin

From Seth Godin in his though-provoking blog, asking how we define the value of education. His thoughts below, and more here: While a high-status college admission confers a measure of status, it doesnt automatically grant a great education. Sometimes, a student gets both, but not always. Because learning is taken as much as given. Along […]

BU Astronomers Stare into Darkness

Last week, a team of astronomers announced that they had captured the first-ever image of a black hole in space. While this discovery is amazing for a myriad of reasons, we can personally take pride in knowing that some Core DNA went into this amazing discovery. As Core alum Peter La Fountain pointed out, Core […]

Bach Remembered with Interactive AI

I think this is how Johann Sebastian Bach would have wanted to be remembered– with an interactive AI on the homepage of a massive search engine. Today’s Google Doodle allows the user to input their own melody and create a four-part Bach-esque piece. The machine analyzed 306 Bach compositions to learn how to recognize patterns […]

The Evolution of “Instapoetry”

Anyone with an Instagram account should recognize this kind of poetry- printed in a typewriter font, preaching love and positivity, and never more than a few words in a few lines. “Instapoets” have become a new sensation, with these writers collecting thousands to millions of followers for their craft. And why not? The images are […]

The Good-Enough Life

As Er watches dead souls choose new lives in Plato’s Myth of Er, he is surprised to see Odysseus chooses a life of a farmer. Instead of another life of greatness and fame, he chooses the middle path of an ordinary man. Many thinkers and characters strive for greatness, and some even manage to achieve […]

God in Binary

We talk a lot about God in Core. Humans have found unimaginably different ways to conceive of superior beings, and this 2002 episode of the animated series “Futurama” is no exception. Check out the clip above for a God that speaks in binary, sees everything, does little, and can predict your every move (unless you […]

#iHeartCore Day Valentines

Can’t choose between your boo and your favorite philosopher? Now you don’t have to! In honor of both Valentine’s Day and #iHeartCore day, we present these Core-themed Valentines, fit for spreading all kinds of Core love.

Historical Finds: Soviet Gulag Prison Tattoos

Think you could get ink like this in Cambridge? The Soviet Gulag was an expansive system of imprisonment, as “undesirables” were removed from society through prisons, camps, and remote exile. Yet a new culture emerged from this alienation, captured here in almost 3,000 drawings of prison tattoos captured by a prison guard in the middle […]