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Expands xConsortium to Asia and Doubles in Size with Addition of 15 New Global Institutions. EdX Expands xConsortium to Asia and Doubles in Size with Addition of 15 New Global Institutions CAMBRIDGE, MA – May 21, 2013 – EdX , the not-for-profit online learning initiative composed of the leading global institutions of the xConsortium, today announced another doubling of its university membership with the addition of its first Asian institutions and further expansion in the Ivy League.

Expands xConsortium to Asia and Doubles in Size with Addition of 15 New Global Institutions

The xConsortium is gaining 15 prestigious higher education institutions, bringing its total to 27, including Tsinghua University and Peking University in China, The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology in Hong Kong, Kyoto University in Japan, and Seoul National University in South Korea, and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The expansion reflects edX’s rapidly growing global student body and supports its vision of transforming education by bringing the power of learning to all regardless of location or social status. Asia – Patreon: Support the creators you love. Percy Bysshe Shelley. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), one of the major contributors to English Romantic poetry wrote “Ozymandias”; I met a traveller from an antique landWho said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Near them on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frownAnd wrinkled lip and sneer of cold commandTell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.And on the pedestal these words appear:`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

'Nothing beside remains. Round the decayOf that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,The lone and level sands stretch far away. Probably his most famous short poem, “Ozymandias” was published in 1818. Community. Time and the Nature of Reality By ZEEYA MERALI We recently ran an article (courtesy of Nautilus Magazine) in which physicist Paul Davies ran through some open questions about the nature of time.


I want to alert you to another discussion currently taking place on the Big Questions Online... FQXb (bio) By WILLIAM OREM Everyone is talking this week about the dramatic confirmation of inflationary theory: those first-instant gravitational waves whose details may even point--being, if you will, quantum phenomena that went suddenly ultra-macroscopic--toward the correct... BICEP2: Primordial Gravitational Waves & Evidence... By ZEEYA MERALI Updated: Congratulations to FQXi's Alan Guth and Andrei Linde following the announcement of the first direct detection of B modes -- evidence of their inflation theory. Well done to those working on BICEP2, and all others who have contributed to the... "What is quantum information *really* good for? " FEATURED FQXi MEMBER VIDEOS What I am... The Great Mistake. Dalton Caldwell.

The Great Mistake Video & Audio: Why isn't there more progress in philosophy? - Metadata. [1306.0159] The Ghost in the Quantum Turing Machine. Margaret Wertheim – The limits of physics. Theoretical physics is beset by a paradox that remains as mysterious today as it was a century ago: at the subatomic level things are simultaneously particles and waves.

Margaret Wertheim – The limits of physics

Like the duck-rabbit illusion first described in 1899 by the Polish-born American psychologist Joseph Jastrow, subatomic reality appears to us as two different categories of being. But there is another paradox in play. Physics itself is riven by the competing frameworks of quantum theory and general relativity, whose differing descriptions of our world eerily mirror the wave-particle tension. When it comes to the very big and the extremely small, physical reality appears to be not one thing, but two.

Where quantum theory describes the subatomic realm as a domain of individual quanta, all jitterbug and jumps, general relativity depicts happenings on the cosmological scale as a stately waltz of smooth flowing space-time. Many physicists are Platonists, at least when they talk to outsiders about their field. Explore Aeon. Discussion Forums - Tamgas or not? Extraneous motifs on weavings. Posted by James Blanchard on 03-30-2006 12:44 PM: Yomut mafrash - eagle symbol?

Discussion Forums - Tamgas or not? Extraneous motifs on weavings

Hi all, I recently picked up this Yomut mafrash in a small shop in a bazaar in New Delhi. I was initially drawn to its colours -- nice rose-red field, "royal" blue, teal blue and a saturated aubergine. Through the mist of the past. ‎ Res Obscura. OATD – Open Access Theses and Dissertations. Collection History. The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 25 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps.

Collection History

The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, although it also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Interesting Search Engines. The Writer's Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin's Timeless Advice on Writing. The Science of "Chunking," Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity. By Maria Popova “Generating interesting connections between disparate subjects is what makes art so fascinating to create and to view… We are forced to contemplate a new, higher pattern that binds lower ones together.”

The Science of "Chunking," Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

It seems to be the season for fascinating meditations on consciousness, exploring such questions as what happens while we sleep, how complex cognition evolved, and why the world exists. Joining them and prior explorations of what it means to be human is The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning (public library) by Cambridge neuroscientist Daniel Bor in which, among other things, he sheds light on how our species’ penchant for pattern-recognition is essential to consciousness and our entire experience of life. To illustrate the power of chunking, Bor gives an astounding example of how one man was able to use this mental mechanism in greatly expanding the capacity of his working memory. Donating = Loving. Photos du journal.