You have to make sure you have the characters you want. That’s really the most complicated part.
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Watch LeBron.  He’s walking the other way before Ray Allen even touches the ball, and is at half-court by the time it goes in.  That is ice cold.

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If history and comparative religion alike offer us perspective on world events from the “outside,” the study of theology offers us a chance to study those same events “from within”: an opportunity to get inside the heads of those whose beliefs and choices shaped so much of our history, and who—in the world outside the ivory tower—still shape plenty of the world today. That such avenues of inquiry have virtually vanished from many of the institutions where they were once best explored is hardly a triumph of progress or of secularism. Instead, the absence of theology in our universities is an unfortunate example of blindness—willful or no—to the fact that engagement with the past requires more than mere objective or comparative analysis. It requires a willingness to look outside our own perspectives in order engage with the great questions—and questioners—of history on their own terms. Even Dawkins might well agree with that.
Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God - Tara Isabella Burton - The Atlantic. I agree wholly with the argument made here, but let’s be clear: what Burton is really saying is “Study Intellectual and Cultural History, and When You Do, Don’t Neglect Religious Ideas and Practices.” That’s a case that very much needs to be made, especially when you consider the near-absolute ignorance of both theology and religious practice exemplified regularly by many scholars; but it’s something a little different than a case for studying theology as such and for its own sake. (via ayjay)
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Soviet illustrations of The Hobbit.

See more here on Retronaut.

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It is not the object described that matters, but the light that falls on it, like that from a lamp in a distant room.
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Why Study Philosophy? ‘To Challenge Your Own Point of View’

At a time when advances in science and technology have changed our understanding of our mental and physical selves, it is easy for some to dismiss the discipline of philosophy as obsolete. Stephen Hawking, boldly, argues that philosophy is dead.

Not according to Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Goldstein, a philosopher and novelist, studied philosophy at Barnard and then earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University. She has written several books, won a MacArthur “Genius Award” in 1996, and taught at several universities, including Barnard, Columbia, Rutgers, and Brandeis.

Goldstein’s forthcoming book, Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, offers insight into the significant—and often invisible—progress that philosophy has made. I spoke with Goldstein about her take on the science vs. philosophy debates, how we can measure philosophy’s advances, and why an understanding of philosophy is critical to our lives today.

Read more. [Image: nagzi/Flickr]

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In a tradition begun in 1819 The North Side Skull and Bone Gang traditionally gets Mardi Gras underway by waking people at dawn.

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Man is a mystery. It must be unraveled, and if it takes a whole lifetime, don’t say that it’s a waste of time. I am preoccupied by this mystery because I want to be a human being.
Fyodor Dostoevsky in a letter to his brother Mikhail, 16 August 1839 (via ivankaramazovs)
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Ivan Kramskoy 

Christ in the Desert

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George Saunders at the New Yorker Festival, 10/5/13

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