Five Pillars to Hold Myself Up: What do Muslims Believe?

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Unrecognized Potential: Terra Preta, Ancient Orchards, and Life in the Amazon

Until relatively recently, it was widely believed that the Amazon Rainforest was incapable of sustaining large scale human development.  New findings have challenged this view, and evidence of ancient agriculture suggests that humans once developed this fragile region in ways so subtle that – in the form of carefully managed soils and prehistoric orchards – they have been hiding in plain sight all this time, challenging the basic tenants of “agriculture” as western eyes tend to recognize it. Continue reading “Unrecognized Potential: Terra Preta, Ancient Orchards, and Life in the Amazon”

Potosi and the Globalization of an Empire

Globalization is nothing new – the indigenous peoples slaving away in the Potosi mines 500 years ago could tell you all about it, while Europeans cracked the whip in order to buy Asian-made goods at affordable prices. Add in the fact that the mines were supplied with food and coca by African slaves laboring away in the low lands, and you have a template for the modern integrated global economy – exploitation, unequal rewards, and all. Continue reading “Potosi and the Globalization of an Empire”

Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, Defender of the Korean People

When is it ok to defy authority? To break the rules? Where is the fine line between success and catastrophe?
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Sejong the Great

Would you rather have a leader who is powerful or one who is wise? Can wisdom lead to strength? Is it better to break with tradition, to follow it, or to adapt it to suit your circumstances?
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Korean History – The Basics

How have the three dynasties of Korea, its foreign invasions, and Chinese contacts influenced Korea’s historical development?
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Foot Binding and the Standard of Beauty

What is beauty? Is it universal, or specific to one’s culture? What effect do concepts of beauty have on the behavior and self-image of everyday people?
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