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Did You Know {95} ~ Putting Information In Bite-Sized Pieces Helps Us Remember

Your short-term memory can only hold on to so much information at a time (unless you try one of the simple ways to improve your memory), which is why you use “chunking” to remember long numbers. For instance, if you try to memorize this number: 90655372, you probably naturally thought something like 906-553-72.

Did You Know {86} ~Panjin Red Beach, China

Red Beach, located in Panjin, China, is famous for its landscape featuring the red Suaeda salsa plant. It is based in the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world and hosts the most complete ecosystem that can be found, including over 260 kinds of birds and 399 kinds of wild animals.

When to visit: The best time of year is to go in Autumn when the colours are in full effect, from mid-September to mid-October.

Philosophers {14} ~ John Locke {1632-1704}

An English physicist and philosopher, John Locke was a prominent thinker during the Enlightenment period. Part of the movement of British Empiricism alongside fellow countrymen David Hume, Thomas Hobbes, and Sir Francis Bacon, Locke is regarded as an important contributor to the development of the social contract theory and is sometimes identified as the father of liberalism. Indeed, his discourses on identity, the self, and the impact of sensory experience would be essential revelations to many Enlightenment thinkers and, consequently, to real revolutionaries. His philosophy is said to have figured prominently into the formulation of the Declaration of Independence that initiated America’s war for independence from the British.

Locke’s Big Ideas

  • Coined the term tabula rasa (blank slate) to denote that the human mind is born unformed, and that ideas and rules are only enforced through experience thereafter;
  • Established the method of introspection, focusing on one’s own emotions and behaviors in search of a better understanding of the self;
  • Argued that in order to be true, something must be capable of repeated testing, a view that girded his ideology with the intent of scientific rigor.

Locke’s Key Works