A ten minute time-lapse of the entire 13.8 billion year history of the Universe, visualised by remixer John ‘Melodysheep’ Boswell.
Narration by Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough.Each second is 22 million years. We all appear right at the end.
Want to see what happens next? Check his time-lapse of the future, right up to the heat death of the Universe, many trillions of years from now.
With the removal of history and geography as Junior Cycle core subjects, is the Government hoping for a new generation of citizens who don’t know who they are, where they are from, and why things are the way they are?
How the LOL of the 1830s became America’s, and subsequently the world’s favourite abbreviation. To wit:
Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like “KC,” or “knuff ced”; “KY,” “know yuse”; and “OW,” “oll wright.” And while most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK,” or “oll korrect.
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An experimental short where each frame of a simple scene is rendered in a different art style, from ancient Egyptian tomb murals and Chinese Ink painting to expressionism, primitivism and contemporary.
Created, with much skill and understanding of the subject, by filmmaker and educator Cao Shu of the China Academy Of Art in Hangzhou.
History is being forgotten.
David Wall writes:
As the Irish education system is revamped and modernised an issue that slipped below the radar was the relegation of History to being an option subject.
Students will no longer have to learn about The Age of Exploration (slavery and empire) The Reformation (religious intolerance) Victorian child labour (the creation of workers’ rights) or World War II (the dangers of a democratically elected demagogue who builds a platform built on intolerance and hate…)
At junior cert we learn about Celts right up to modern-day Europe and Ireland. We are given a grounding, thin as it may be, in how the world has become what it is. We develop a sense of self and begin to question why things are as they are.
The junior cert might not allow for depth of study but it grants us with an understanding of who and what we are. It provides us with opportunities to question and challenge the structures of the world, it allows us to form our own identity and it provides the capacity to realise that marching under the swastika possibly isn’t the best way to present an argument.
Students are armed with the skills of considering fact vs fiction. They focus what propaganda is and how to question sources. They are introduced to the skills necessary to combat lies and hate and develop the capacity to think for themselves.
They no longer have to do this.
The protests and counter-protests in America have served to scratch at the thin skin of social inclusivity within America. If the images from recent weeks of young white men with neatly parted hair illuminated by flaming torches were in black and white we could have safely assumed they were of rallies and marches in 1930s Germany.
They weren’t. This is America; Land of the Brave and Home of the Free, 2017.The anger and hate contorting the faces of these young men beneath the swastika encapsulates a damaged society. That the violence and hate is so closely linked to events in living memory is frightening.
A rudimentary Junior Cert education tells us what dangers to expect.
A combination of historical amnesia, willful ignorance and blatant hate has bloomed within American society in recent weeks. This is not an earth-shattering revelation, accepted, but it is a moment of truth.
The speed with which history repeats itself is terrifying. We are teetering on an abyss as the ground fragments beneath our scrabbling feet. Whether this is overly dramatic or not, the sentiment is clear: the study and understanding of our history is not an option.
David Wall is a freelance writer
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