Astrology isn’t a science, and that’s the point

Growing up in Austin, surrounded by people with names like Indigo and River who forecasted the cosmos before saying hello, I had a complicated relationship with astrology. As I got older, my skepticism grew toward what appeared to be the zany dogma of eclectics who would rather live behind a rose-colored delirium than take responsibility for their lives and face the realities of science. 

So when my mom would tell me to be soft with myself because the energetic shift of Mercury squaring Mars could bring anxiety that day, I nodded as if I knew what squaring meant and how one planet could do it to another. I played along until college when I would once again smile and nod at someone who told me I was probably feeling restless because my moon is in Sagittarius. 

I assumed talk of the moon’s effect on my psyche was over until YouTube

Read More

Nine Deeply Humanist Science Fiction Films

According to the late film critic Roger Ebert, cinema is one of the most effective venues for bringing people from different backgrounds together. “For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy,” he once said:

If it’s a great movie, it lets you understand a little bit more about what it’s like to be a different gender, a different race, a different age, a different economic class, a different nationality, a different profession, different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.

Ebert described himself as a humanist, and his idea of film as an “empathy machine” fits perfectly with some of the best works of science fiction. Perhaps more than any other genre, science fiction is connected with humanism, which we can define as an ethical stance that emphasizes the rights, responsibilities, and ultimate value

Read More

City of Berlin selects itslearning learning management system for 400,000 students Helsinki Stock Exchange:SAA1V

Sanoma Corporation, Investor news, 12 February 2021 at 9:30 EET


City of Berlin selects itslearning learning management system for 400,000 students


itslearning, part of Sanoma Learning, has been selected by the city of Berlin as its new learning management system (LMS). itslearning LMS will provide teachers and 400,000 students a pedagogical and scalable digital learning environment alongside the existing platform used at Berlin schools. The deal includes user licenses, a video conferencing tool, project management, training and integrations, and it covers all state schools in primary, secondary and vocational education. itslearning LMS is of highest standard what comes to data security and privacy.

“I am delighted that Berlin has chosen itslearning as the education partner for its plan to provide remote learning in a sustainable way during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic. It is now part of a growing group of German states and cities, including Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein,

Read More