Sunday, October 08, 2017

History: Rachel Plummer

Rachel Plummer: "Rachel Parker Plummer (1818–1839) was the daughter of James W. Parker and the cousin of Quanah Parker, last free-roaming chief of the Comanches. An Anglo-Texan woman of Scots-Irish descent, she was kidnapped at the age of seventeen, along with her son, James Pratt Plummer, age two, and her cousins, by a Native American raiding party."

Friday, September 29, 2017

History: Cult of Reason

The Cult of Reason (French: Culte de la Raison) was established in France as a state sponsored religion, intended as a replacement for Roman Catholicism during the French Revolution. It also rivaled Robespierre's Cult of the Supreme Being.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Science: Harry Harlow

Harry Harlow: "Harry Frederick Harlow (October 31, 1905 – December 6, 1981) was an American psychologist best known for his maternal-separation, dependency needs, and social isolation experiments on rhesus monkeys, which manifested the importance of caregiving and companionship in social and cognitive development."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Greek: Molon labe

Molon labe: "Molon labe (Greek: μολὼν λαβέ), meaning "come and get it", is a classical expression of defiance. When the Persian armies demanded that the Greeks surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas I responded with this phrase. It is an exemplary use of a laconic phrase."'

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

WotD: Apotheosis

Apotheosis: "Apotheosis (from Greek ἀποθέωσις from ἀποθεοῦν, apotheoun "to deify"; in Latin deificatio "making divine"; also called divinization and deification) is the glorification of a subject to divine level. The term has meanings in theology, where it refers to a belief, and in art, where it refers to a genre.

In theology, apotheosis refers to the idea that an individual has been raised to godlike stature. In art, the term refers to the treatment of any subject (a figure, group, locale, motif, convention or melody) in a particularly grand or exalted manner."

Friday, May 08, 2015

Science: Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition

Plant Foods Have a Complete Amino Acid Composition: "a careful look at the founding scientific research and some simple math prove it is impossible to design an amino acid–deficient diet based on the amounts of unprocessed starches and vegetables sufficient to meet the calorie needs of humans. Furthermore, mixing foods to make a complementary amino acid composition is unnecessary."

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kiss of Judas

Kiss of Judas: "According to the Synoptic Gospels, Judas identified Jesus to the soldiers by means of a kiss. This is the kiss of Judas, also known (especially in art) as the Betrayal of Christ, which occurs in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper, and leads directly to the arrest of Jesus by the police force of the Sanhedrin (Kilgallen 271).

More broadly, a Judas kiss may refer to 'an act appearing to be an act of friendship, which is in fact harmful to the recipient.'"