Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 8, 2011)
Word of the Day

pedagogue

Definition:(noun) Someone who educates young people.
Synonyms:educator
Usage: My grandfather was a born pedagogue; it gave him great pleasure to impart information.
Article of the Day

Primal Therapy

Primal therapy is a type of psychotherapy built upon the idea that many adults’ mental problems result from unresolved childhood conflicts. It encourages patients to relive early traumatic experiences and to release the painful emotions associated with them through aggressive behaviors, such as screaming about their parents. Developed by psychologist Arthur Janov in the 1960s, the therapy became popular in the 70s but was soon the target of criticism. However, it attracted what notable patients? More...
This Day in History

Entente Cordiale Signed by France and UK (1904)

The Entente Cordiale was an agreement that settled numerous colonial disputes and ended antagonisms between Britain and France. It granted freedom of action to Britain in Egypt and to France in Morocco and resolved several other imperial disputes. The agreement was consequently upsetting to Germany, which had benefited from their antagonism. The Entente paved the way for Anglo-French diplomatic cooperation against Germany before World War I and for what later military alliance? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Husserl (1859)

Husserl was a German philosopher and the founder of the phenomenological movement. His philosophy is a descriptive study of consciousness for the purpose of discovering the structure of experience—the laws by which experiences are had. Husserl concluded that consciousness has no life apart from the objects it considers and, in his later work, moved toward idealism and denied that objects exist outside consciousness. Husserl had a major influence on what German philosopher? More...
Quotation of the Day
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

creature of habit

One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri (2016)

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the 7th century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
In the News

Gunman Opens Fire in Rio School

On Thursday, a 24-year-old gunman opened fire in a school in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, leaving at least 11 students dead and many more injured before taking his own life. The attacker, who was later identified as Wellington de Oliveira, a former student at the school, reportedly had two revolvers, ammunition, and a suicide note with him when he entered the building at around 8AM local time. He told teachers he was there to give a speech, then opened fire on the students. The shocking attack was the first of its kind in Brazil. More...
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