Writing lessons we can learn from Vincent Van Gogh

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Writing, for some, for those who do a lot of it, may seem like a mechanical process. A formulaic procedure, a technical exercise. But for those who do it not as a profession, but a pleasurable pursuit, writing takes time, inspiration, and great thought. Writing, for those who truly love it, is a humanist endeavour: a way of making sense of the world in which they live. In this way it is art, and should be treated and understood as such.

Vincent van Gogh was an artist, but was also a writer. His heartfelt letters to his brother have been…


It is within human nature to look to things greater than ourselves for answers. Some turn to religion, some turn to mathematics and/or philosophy. Some worship God(s) and pray they will provide us with guidance. Religion is unknowing, but it is a way of knowing in a world in which we know nothing. Having faith in mathematics is similar to having faith in religion: it is to believe in something intangible which yet is tangible in the minds of believers.

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Math and religion are the same in that they both aspire to a sort of grace. They are conscious endeavours…


The Apeiron Blog Newsletter

Philosophy in the news and our picks of the week.

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Hi Fellow Philosophers!

Here are our team’s selected philosophy resources this week. I hope they provoke deep thought!

Philosophy in the News: Philosophy and Art

This week I wanted to focus on the link between philosophy and art. I’ve always appreciated the visual arts and their capacity to prompt us to contemplate. Like our English teachers always told us to read between the lines, we can also find meaning between the brush strokes, behind the pencil markings.

Art is a representation of our world: both collective and individual. It manifests the shared experiences of humankind, but also, the unique experience of the artist. This editorial by Rick…


The Apeiron Blog Newsletter

Philosophy in the news and our picks of the week.

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Hey Fellow Philosophers!

Here are our team’s curated philosophy resources of the week. I hope they get you thinking!

Philosophy in the News: Philosophy and Education

This week I wanted to focus on philosophy in education: its value and need. When I was little my mom enrolled me in piano lessons, and always talked about how knowledge in music enhances knowledge in math and subsequent fields.

I’ve always found it intriguing how an understanding of one subject can complement another.

Because of this, I thought it would be interesting to explore how philosophy can do the same. Similar to the way music introduces students to “time signatures…


Science and Technology

What you should know about gene-editing, its uses, and its future.

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This may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but scientists are working on bringing back animals who have gone extinct.

They also plan on making milk, eggs, and peanuts safe to eat for those allergic, and curing inherited diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell Anemia.

But how is this possible?

The answer is gene-editing: specifically a technology called CRISPR-Cas9.

CRISPR-Cas9 stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9, so you can see we use the acronym. …


Books that have helped me get comfortable with the genre

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Before I began my studies in literature and culture, classic literature was always formidable to me. I was scared that I would read the books it had to offer wrong, or somehow fail to understand their full humanity.

Unlike the other high-schools in my city that decided to include classic literature in their curriculum, mine decided against it. They wanted to take a more modern approach to English, and in the time I was in high-school, that meant books like The Fault in Our Stars and Eleanor & Park.

Not that there’s anything wrong with modern literature. It has a…


Science

A simplified description of how the novel virus invades and causes disease

Illustration from University of Rochester

Although the novel coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes only emerged in 2019, scientists have gathered a surprising amount of detailed knowledge about it since.

Like any human-infecting virus, SARS-CoV-2 infiltrates cells, makes copies of itself, and leaves to infect others, transmitting itself from person to person and wreaking havoc on our world.

But how exactly does the virus infect our cells, and how does our body respond?

The SARS-CoV-2 Structure

To understand how SARS-CoV-2 infects, we must first familiarize ourselves with its structure.


Climate Change & Environment

How warming temperatures are bleaching corals and the entire ecosystem is suffering

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Prior to 1995, the Great Barrier Reef was a thriving, biodiverse ecosystem. Today, the reef has lost over half of its corals to climate change-related warming.

Since 1995, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered three major mass bleachings: in 2016, 2017, and another in 2020. As climate change continues to warm water temperatures, the loss of corals, and other aquatic life, will continue to accelerate.

Researcher John Veron, who has devoted his life to studying the reef’s corals, shares the sobering fact: that, “no one alive now can see the world of corals reefs as [he has]”.

What Is Coral Bleaching?

Although they may…


If I’m married to books, audiobooks are my mistress

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I’ve always told people that when I find someone the way literature makes me feel, I’ll know I’ve found my soulmate.

I feel as though I’ve been married to literature since I started reading chapter books at 5 years old. I’ve yet to find a book that has disappointed me the same way men have.

Like any marriage, of course, I have been forced to adapt. …


The Apeiron Blog Newsletter

Philosophy in the news and our weekly publication picks.

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Hey Fellow Philosophers!

Here are our team’s selected philosophy resources for this week. I hope they provoke deep thought!

Philosophy in the News: Science and Philosophy

I thought it would be interesting to focus on the link between science and philosophy this week. Coming from a science background but maintaining a passionate love for the arts, I’ve always been intrigued by the ways in which the two diverse fields intersect. I’ve compiled a few articles I’ve enjoyed that explore this meeting.

This 2012 article by The Atlantic linked below starts off by saying:

“We tend to think of our time as one uniquely shaped by the advance…

Mallika Vasak

Lover of classic lit, drinker of red wine, believer in magic • mallivasak@gmail.com

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