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The Priestly Blessing: Origin of Vulcan Salute

In his autobiography I Am Not Spock, Leonard Nimoy wrote that he based the Vulcan Salute on the Priestly Blessing traditionally performed by Jewish Kohanim (priests) with...

Acryonyms: Ichthys – Jesus Fish

Ichthys, sometimes spelled Ichthus, or Ikhthus, from Koine Greek: ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ is the ancient and classical Greek word for “fish.” In English it...

Blasphemy Day International

Blasphemy Day International is a day of observance in which individuals and groups are encouraged to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for,...

Wabi-Sabi: Beauty in Imperfection

Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a Japanese concept based on the acceptance of transience.  Derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, it is sometimes described as...

Assumptions: The “Forbidden Fruit” is an Apple

The “forbidden fruit” mentioned in the Book of Genesis is commonly assumed to be an apple, and is often depicted in Western art, but the Bible...