How Long Can We Live

How Long Can We Live

Life Expectancy – From the ancient past to the present  According to the World Health Organization, the average human life expectancy on earth was 73.4 years in 2019. This is a dramatic increase from our ancestors. From 3.3 million years ago, when the first human...
The Story of Museums

The Story of Museums

Museums preserve our heritage. They carefully store, display, and provide explanations of historical objects. These objects can be everyday items, such as an ancient toy from Mohenjo-Daro or the profound and beautiful statue of Nataraja representing Shiva found in New...
The Perils of Forecasting

The Perils of Forecasting

We are often taken in by false cases of predictions. The ancient Romans used to sacrifice animals and then have their intestines examined. The state of the intestines was supposed to tell the future. We no longer look at the insides of animals, but superstitions are...
The Story of Flow

The Story of Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced Six Cent Mihaly) was seven years old when World War II began. He and his family were Hungarians and faced terrible hardships. In addition, Mihaly’s two elder brothers died when he was young. This, together with the tragedies of war,...
The Story of Jogging

The Story of Jogging

Jogging for pleasure – A recent phenomenon If you were able to ask someone from 100 years ago whether they regularly ran at a slow pace, they might have looked at you strangely. At that time, running, whether at speed or slower over long distances, was pursued only in...