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The concept of universities

I have always liked the concept of universities as they were in Ancient Greece, where folks who had something cool to say would just come and say it. It wasn't about recognition; the impetus was the thought that you were resonating with ideas. Donald E. Knuth
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Lire, c’est penser avec d’autres

Lire, c’est penser avec d’autres dans leurs textes, pour autant que leurs textes ne se referment pas sur eux-mêmes […] mais conduisent le lecteur à basculer dans un autre champ de réflexion, c’est-à-dire à poursuivre son questionnement dans un autre texte. Bruno Karsenti,  D’une philosophie à l’autre  :  Les sciences sociales et la politique des modernes , 2013

Charting culture

Note:  This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day. Using them as a proxy for skills and ideas, their map reveals intellectual hotspots and tracks how empires rise and crumble. The information comes from Freebase, a Google-owned database of well-known people and places, and other catalogues of notable individuals. The visualization was created by Maximilian Schich (University of Texas at Dallas) and Mauro Martino (IBM).