Wolfgang Depner

Wolfgang Depner is a doctoral candidate
at the University of British Columbia –
Okanagan and the co-editor of Readings
in Political Idealogies since the Rise of Modern
Science, published by Oxford University
Press.

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10 life-changing innovations

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
10 life-changing innovations

The future is not what it used to be. French poet Paul Valéry coined this phrase to describe the cultural pessimism that had gripped Europe after the First World War. Valéry — like so many of his contemporaries — had lost faith in the inevitability of progress that had defined the period leading up to […]

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A thrill a minute

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
A thrill a minute

Summer is upon us and it is time to choose an adventure. It is this imperative that has guided our decision to compile this list of adventure tourism activities that offer us thrills beyond the ordinary. The Adventure Travel Trade Association defines adventure tourism as a trip that includes at least two of the following: […]

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The learning curve

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
The learning curve

A good education system is at the core of a country’s success. We list the leaders in science, math and reading, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Every year since 2000, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has tested school children’s aptitudes around the world and compressed […]

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2017: Reasons to rejoice

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
2017: Reasons to rejoice

2016 was a difficult year, so why should 2017 be any better? We dug deep and came up with 10 reasons to celebrate this year. “The time is out of joint — O cursed spite, That ever I was born to set it right!” Hamlet Act I, Scene V Shakespeare’s dithering prince Hamlet speaks these […]

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Strong stateless minorities

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Strong stateless  minorities

As the First World War drew to its end, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson’s famous Fourteen Points called for a settlement that would permit nations to determine their own fate. While we may question the intellectual consistency of this demand, as the United States itself had recently joined the ranks of imperialist powers with overseas possessions, […]

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Life is a beach

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Life is a beach

Your handy travel guide to the top 10 beaches from the Blue Flag program, an ecological certification system that recognizes and promotes cleanliness, safety, environmental awareness and sustainability. Initiated by the Foundation for Environmental Education and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Blue Flag program is an ecological certification program that recognizes and promotes high standards […]

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The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Top 10 threats to the world’s oceans

“Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” This quote from leading American oceanographer Sylvia Earle reminds us that the fate of humanity — our fate — inevitably depends on the fate of the oceans that cover almost 71 percent of our planet. In fact, it is misleading to speak of oceans […]

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Survival … of the fittest

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Survival … of the fittest

Every January, scores of people storm the doors of their local fitness studios. Their will is resolute, their aim simple — to finally get into shape, as they had promised themselves at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1. Yet weeks later, the resolve behind this tide will have ebbed away, as old habits reassert […]

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The greenest countries

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
The greenest  countries

Pope Francis practically sounded like Canadian author Naomi Klein this past June when his second encyclical, titled Laudato Si,’ blamed irresponsible capitalism and consumerism for the environmental perils that confront humanity. Linking these problems to global inequality, western political interests and a “throwaway culture” that consumes resources and fetishizes technology, His Holiness warned of “unprecedented […]

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10 dangerous men

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
10  dangerous men

What is terrorism? James D. Kiras, an American expert on asymmetrical warfare, describes the term as a “complex phenomenon open to subjective interpretation.” His ambivalent interpretation of the word “terrorism” could be applied to an actor such as Iran and Syria-backed Hezbollah, a militia and political party representing Shia interests in Lebanon. According to the […]

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