Epictetus lived a hard life, even by ancient standards. He was born a slave and went to Rome as a boy where he was the servant to a wealthy master. He was granted permission to study philosophy by his master, and as he did so, he gained notoriety, even as a slave. Sometime around 68AD, Epictetus was granted his freedom and began teaching philosophy as a free man. In 93AD, the current emperor of Rome banished all philosophers from the city and so Epictetus went to northern Greece where he lived out the rest of his life. Continue reading
René Laennec’s shyness and a woman’s ample chest led to the invention of the most recognisable piece of medical equipment
It’s hard to imagine a doctor without picturing a stethoscope.
But before the invention of the medical instrument, physicians used to listen to a patient’s heart by placing their ear directly onto the chest. Continue reading
Harry Houdini. “The Handcuff King.” “The Man Who Walked Through Walls.” Master Magician. Escape Artist Extraordinaire. Continue reading
When you think of Steve Jobs, you probably think of Apple, and all the revolutionary products the company has brought to market in recent decades. However, the former CEO of Apple left a lot more behind than just a line of exceptional tablets and phones. He was a born visionary, one of the most influential men of this century, choosing to see the world in a different light, and striving for excellence in everything he did. Continue reading
Self-help pioneer Dr. Wayne Dyer has passed away at age 75. His family posted the following status on Facebook shortly after 5pm ET on Sunday night:
Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn’t wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side.
We Love You Forever Dad/Wayne
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There are important changes happening on so many levels in our society. Collectively we are waking up, driven by the deep lack of satisfaction that we have for the way our social systems are designed and the destructive impacts that they’ve had both on humanity and the environment. Inspiringly, these changes are being led by many people who have devoted their lives to the cause.
First, we need a philosophical shift, because individualistic behaviors which are driven by materialistic and consummpressive too, especially because individuals are being shocked out of their slumber at an ever-increasing rate.
The following five people, therefore, deserve to be household names, as they are contributing important energy to the shift that we are going through on a global scale: Continue reading
David Black worked at Apple for nearly 12 years in the early 2000s before he left to work on his own startup.
During his time at Apple, Black took on a few different roles that included working as a senior consulting engineer in Java and WebObjects, a solution architect for the company’s Strategic Education Solutions department in China, and managing Apple’s Asia Education Marketing vertical out of Beijing. Continue reading