Learning

Unopened flowers

Hussein Khaled Ahmad, teacher. Mo’ayyad al-A’raj, eye surgeon. Charlotte Bacon, sculptor. Daniel Barden, environmentalist. Mohammad Husam al-Breem, restaurateur. Omar Husam al-Breem, muralist. Hadi Hayel Abu Dahrouj, software developer….

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The end of time - image for article by Greg Alder

The end of time

This just might be the end of time. And space. And cause and effect. Plus a host of rules and principles to boot. It’s a big call, I…

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so simple a child - image for article by Greg Alder

So simple a child

“My five-year-old could do that.” An acquaintance is looking at a drawing on my wall. Two figures, one big and one small, are looking up towards a star….

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A table for twelve - image for article by Greg Alder

A table for twelve

The doorbell rings. Right on time. I make my way to the door with excitement. I have been looking forward to this night for a long time. I…

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The light in front - image for article by Greg Alder

The light in front

What’s the one thing you’d most like to achieve in life? I don’t know how you have answered this question, but I’ll tell you something. It’s a question…

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Is this how it ends - image for article by Greg Alder

Is this how it ends?

Imagine you’re a woman. (If you’re a woman, please disregard this preliminary step.) We’ll call you Rachel. (If Rachel’s your real name, then here’s something else you needn’t…

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Shutter open - image for article by Greg Alder

Shutter open

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. This is a line from Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel Goodbye To Berlin. The line inspired…

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No two architects - image for article by Greg Alder

No two architects

The macadamia farmer is a lawyer. The bicycle maker is a chemist. The artist is an accountant. People used to have a single career. Often a single job….

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Seeds of certainty - image for article by Greg Alder

Seeds of certainty

Remember when? Chances are that you think you do. But you don’t. Chances are that some details in your memory of past events are false. They seem real…

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