Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 8, 2011)
Word of the Day

self-aggrandizement

Definition:(noun) The act or practice of enhancing or exaggerating one's own importance, power, or reputation.
Synonyms:ego trip
Usage: The speaker encouraged bursts of applause from the crowd, which many suspected was merely a form of self-aggrandizement.
Article of the Day

The Brain in a Vat

For millennia, philosophers have grappled with various versions of the "brain-in-a-vat" scenario. A thought experiment, it raises questions about the individual’s ability to know anything, since a brain suspended in a vat of life-sustaining liquid and connected to a computer that provides it with electrical impulses identical to those the brain normally receives would never be able to determine whether it is in a skull or a vat. What popular film trilogy is loosely based on this concept? More...
This Day in History

Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Opens Its Doors (1837)

The first of the Seven Sisters—traditionally female colleges often considered the equivalent to the historically male-dominated Ivy League—Mount Holyoke is one of the oldest women's colleges in the US. It was founded by Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women's education, in the midst of a movement that created unprecedented new educational opportunities for women in the US. Many colleges were later modeled on Mount Holyoke. What unusual feature did each dorm room at the seminary originally have? More...
Today's Birthday

Dorothy Day (1897)

Day was an American journalist, Christian anarchist, and social reformer. She originally wrote for the New York socialist journals The Call and The Masses. After the birth of her daughter in 1927, she converted to Catholicism, cofounded The Catholic Worker, and started a movement to aid the urban poor. Although her outspoken pacifist views were criticized by Catholic conservatives, she influenced Catholic liberals. What honor did she receive 20 years after her death? More...
Quotation of the Day
To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

you could hear the grass grow(ing)

It is so still or quiet that one would be able to hear even the tiniest, imperceptible sounds. More...
Today's Holiday

Saints and Martyrs Day (2017)

Since the Reformation the Church of England has not added saints to its calendar. Although there have certainly been many candidates for sainthood over the past 450 years, and many martyrs who have given their lives as foreign missionaries, the Church of England has not canonized them, although a few are commemorated on special days. Instead, since 1928 it has set aside November 8, exactly one week after All Saints' Day, to commemorate "the unnamed saints of the nation." More...
In the News

Loneliness Linked to Lousy Sleep

The more lonely people are, the more fitful and disrupted their sleep. Researchers reached this conclusion after interviewing 95 members of a communal religious sect to assess their feelings of loneliness and then monitoring their sleep quality for one week using a specialized wristband. The findings were consistent with those of a 2002 study of college students. The study does not prove that loneliness causes nighttime restlessness but may help explain why loneliness has been associated with health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease. More...
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