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[Big History] The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far

To inspire a generation to greatness in the twenty-first century will necessarily involve empowering them with the best stories and thinking tools around. “If I have seen further,” Isaac Newton made famous, “it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” and South Africa’s young hearts and minds deserve to be passionately engaged with what is arguably the greatest story ever told—more importantly, and

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Knowledge and the Bamboozlers

If you were given two pills—a red pill that will allow you to gain all known knowledge about reality, and a blue pill, where dreams and fantasies are all that exist, a false reality—which one would you choose? To know, or not to know? The reality is that modern [wo]man chooses the illusion. The majority of our species do not strive for discovery in knowledge,

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Mind the Gap

The arts, as much as we love them, are a very unfortunate field. They are easily replaced or substituted when our education curriculums are up for a reshuffle. They sadly come up first when the education budget needs to be trimmed. The arts, performance or otherwise, are what keeps children connected to who they are. It is what keeps them thriving to be the

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Big History in South Africa?

In 2008, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates was making good time and money on a treadmill while watching David Christian’s video course, “Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity”—he was sold: “I just loved it,” Gates said, “It was very clarifying for me. I thought, God, everybody should watch this thing!” So what happened when Big Money met Big

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