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The Birth of Modern Science

By ranfuchs, published on Oct 4, 2010

(continued from: Aristotle and the Science of the Church )

While the Church's maintained control of the knowledge of the world, and prohibited most non-scripture studies, alchemy was the exception. The study of alchemy did not challenge the Church’s view of the world and therefore, could be practiced.

For over 900 years, from about 500 to 1400, philosophers in Western Europe, surrounded by a cloak of secrecy, predominantly occupied themselves with the search for the mythical philosopher’s stone (the substance that would transform everyday material to gold, and produce the elixir... (more)

Tags: religion, science, hisotry

Heading for the Demonstration

By ranfuchs, published on Sep 12, 2010

From the court behind the clock-tower a few hundred yards away, I slowly became aware of an unintelligible, yet clearly orchestrated rising and falling chant. It sounded like yet another demonstration, I smiled, heading for the uproar.

The medieval fountain-court at the foot of the tower was a favored venue for heated demonstrations. The stone-paved yard could accommodate several hundred people, and the circular wall that had once surrounded the village fountain, which had not seen water flowing in decades, was regularly used as a podium, from which passionate speeches and pleas were... (more)

Tags: fiction, memories

Aristotle and the Science of the Church

By ranfuchs, published on Sep 5, 2010

(Continues from: Church and Science: the battle begins)

Once the Church assumed political power, its interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures was the only science permitted. Whenever a new philosophy was adopted, it became an inseparable part of the Holy Teachings, impossible to question or challenge.

No philosopher dominated the Holy Teachings more than the Greek philosopher Aristotle (BC 384–322): the most renowned student of Plato and the teacher of Alexander the Great. His collection of lectures, covering the entire field of knowledge known in the Mediterranean world of his... (more)

Tags: religion, science, history

Early Memories

By ranfuchs, published on Aug 30, 2010

My mother tells me that the first snow of the year started covering the city as she was leaving the birthing ward to walk back home, carrying me in her arms, still wrapped in a blanket she’d borrowed from the hospital. A nurse, horrified by the sight of my mother stepping into the storm with a baby, called my grandpa, who drove the streets, seeking us through the falling snow in his big white Opel car – a rare sight those days where walking and buses were the means of moving about. My father, who was studying for his university degree, could not make himself available that day.

My... (more)

Tags: memories

Church and Science: the battle begins

By ranfuchs, published on Aug 28, 2010

This article follows: Science and Religion: the real question

Must scientific and religious viewpoints collide, or can there be consistent description of the universe in which each is equally valid? To answer this question, let’s start by exploring the origin of this rivalry.

In ancient Rome, Christianity was a persecuted secret society, and it was not uncommon for emperors to turn the people against the Christians at times of trouble. But when in the year 310, General Constantine, divinely inspired to take the cross as his standard, won the battle against general Maxentius –... (more)

Tags: religion, science, history

Goal Spotting

By ranfuchs, published on Aug 19, 2010

Continuously brainwashed by images of ‘success’; constantly bombarded with pictures of the rich and famous, who seem to have it all…

In our modern society, aggressive advertising implants images of successful people into our minds and encourages us to ponder how we can join this select group. Surveys have shown that most people view success as one of the major contributors to their happiness.

But can success really provide you with everything you desire? Are these ‘truly successful’ people happier than the rest of us? Research has shown time and again that those who are considered... (more)

Tags: happiness, lifestyle, success, personal success, trap of success

First Aid Training for Kids -- Are They Ready?

By ranfuchs, published on Jun 16, 2010

The sound of children playing in the playground, arguing, shouting, laughing, tells us that they are all having a good time chasing each other, climbing and hiding. All of a sudden all sound stops. Then, a loud scream shatters the silence. It takes five minutes before an adult reaches the scene to find a circle of children standing over a child lying on the ground, apparently unconscious. The children seem unsure what to do. Some are poking the child on the ground hoping for some response. There is none. Others are calling their parents on their cells. Someone suggests calling 911.

Accidents... (more)

Tags: society, first aid

Science and Religion: the real question

By ranfuchs, published on Jun 12, 2010

In the outer rim of a 200 billion stars galaxy, a blue planet, earth, is traveling at a staggering speed of over 100,000 kilometers per hour. It would have disappeared in the vastness of space, if it were not for a mysterious and invisible force of gravity that keeps it orbiting, for all eternities, round a medium-size yellow sun, 150 million kilometers away.

Every 176 years, four other planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, are lined up on the same side of the sun. This was not known to the ancient astronomers and astrologers, whose picture of the universe did not include Uranus... (more)

Tags: religion, science

Media: The War Israel Has Lost

By ranfuchs, published on Jun 6, 2010

The Middle-East war is fought in many fronts. While Israel has managed to maintain its militarily superiority, it’s been continuously defeated on the PR and media fronts, which it has neglected for many years. The way the recent flotilla event was conducted PR-wise, is merely the tip of the iceberg of Israeli inability to comprehend the importance of International Media and PR as a legitimate warfare strategy.

In this case, for instance, assuming that Israel needs to maintain the blockade on Gaza, let’s see how it could have conducted a Media-savvy operation.

In the months prior... (more)

Tags: israel, war, gaza

Lite Love

By ranfuchs, published on Apr 29, 2010

It’s not the cheap beauty that sells magazines, but whenever she floats by, leaving a scent that awakes long forgotten legends, no man can resist turning his head for a second look of admiration. If you are amongst the lucky with whom she exchanged a few words, it’s not unusual that you will not remember her words, but only your own yearning to see her eyes smile at you, for a flash of fantasy that always fades into a short sigh of realization that she is beyond your reach. Yet, nearly every night you’ll find her in the little corner pub on her own. Only when she drinks can she care to hear... (more)

Tags: loneliness

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