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Reconstructing the history of mental illness at Museo Laboratorio della Mente

If you visit the Museo Laboratorio della Mente in Rome expecting a typical museum, you’ll be disappointed. The museum is housed in the northern part of the Italian capital, in a neighborhood called Monte Mario, in a former psychiatric hospital (Manicomio) called Santa Maria della Pietà. The whole complex is...

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Nothing Beyond Mind (心外无物) and Knowledge as Action (知行合一): Wang Yangming (王阳明), the Greatest Chinese Idealist Philosopher and Strategist (I)

Any mention of idealism in philosophy will probably bring to mind names like Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. However, in China’s Ming dynasty, there was a very important Chinese Idealist philosopher who is much less well-known in the West, yet was the founder of idealism in ancient China and was canonized...

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Interactive history at Fiskars Museum, Finland

Fiskars Museum is located in the ironworks village of Fiskars, western Finland. The Fiskars company is known worldwide for their iconic orange-headed scissors; today, Fiskars encompasses brands such as Royal Copenhagen and Iittala. The Fiskars Museum brings forth the history of the company and its struggles in the nineteenth century,...

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History for Pragmatists

I am not a historian. I did not study History as an undergraduate or at Master’s degree level. I personally have no particular interest in history for its own sake. And I still do not fully understand why some historians (including friends I know and love) choose to study certain...

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Edible Nostalgia: QingTian 76 and Taiwanese History

The historical attraction Qing Tian 76 derives its name from the location, No.6, Lane 7, Qingtian Street. The wayōsecchu (和洋折衷)architectural style is a style characterised by its combination of Japanese and Western architectural elements, commonly found during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Today, wayōsecchu hardly seems new to us who live...

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LaTeX Q&A: part 2

This is a continuation of the previous LaTeX Question and Answer post by Richard Gunning (RG) and Tiia Sahrakorpi (TS). Here we probe the problems and best practises of LaTeX to writing a PhD dissertation. TS: ShareLatex has a huge number of dissertation templates–there is one for UCL, Cambridge, Oxford...

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Provision and Protection: Pressures of Fatherhood

As a new father I’ve become, amongst other things, a regular reader of NCT Matters, the quarterly magazine of the National Childbirth Trust. The most recent edition was a Father’s Day special, celebrating the ‘active and important’ role of dads bringing up their children. This might suggest a welcome progression...

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Lucy Cavendish College: 50 facts for 50 years

Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. This article shares 50 facts about the 50 years, providing an insight into the life of one of Cambridge’s newest colleges. The Birth of the College Lucy Cavendish is the only all-female college in the country for women aged 21 and...

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Ming: A Powerful Dynasty on Display

Did you ever notice the special exhibition last year in the British Museum – ‘Ming, 50 years that changed China’? Do you know the Ming dynasty and its history? As the introduction of the exhibition stated, “the fifty years between 1400 and 1450 saw China’s Ming dynasty establish Beijing as...