Mark Salzman - 'A pseudo-Buddhist Westerner searching for enlightenment'

Mark Salzman - 'A pseudo-Buddhist Westerner searching for enlightenment'

Mark Salzman’s interest in all things Chinese began in childhood, when he first studied martial arts. He went on to wash dishes in a Chinatown restaurant just so he could learn Mandarin. After that, he studied Chinese language and literature at Yale University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude....

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Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder By Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb made his name in 2007 by coining the term ‘Black Swan’ events. The idea of a black swan was unthinkable in the West (where all swans are white) until such animals were discovered following European landings in...

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The crew of the Heraclitus talk to ISF

The crew of the Heraclitus talk to ISF

About the Heraclitus The Research Vessel Heraclitus is a ferro-cement ship modelled on a Chinese junk which has been sailing the world’s seas for over forty years as a ‘floating platform for scientific studies, ecological understanding and multicultural, multidisciplinary projects’. Its expeditions, workshops and training programmes are designed to champion...

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Erik Weihenmayer - ‘I can hear rocks and trees and even space’

Erik Weihenmayer - ‘I can hear rocks and trees and even space’

About Erik Weihenmayer On 25th May 2001, Erik Weihenmayer summited Everest. Little more than a year later he had completed the ‘Seven Summits’ – scaling the highest mountain in every continent. The achievement would have been impressive for anyone. But for Erik it was all the more remarkable… because Erik...

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