Why Goethe matters: The case for ‘a new schooling of attention’

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Why Goethe matters: The case for ‘a new schooling of attention’

Goethe is to Germany what Shakespeare is to England or James Joyce to Ireland, a towering literary figure and the author of scores of poems, plays and novels. But Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) did not limit his interests to literature. He was deeply involved in the scientific debates of his day and even advanced his own theory of colours, opposing no less a figure than Isaac Newton.

At the heart of his objection was a dislike of theories which reduced phenomena to something purely mathematical or mechanical. He believed knowledge was bound up with subjective experience, thus pre-empting phenomenological thinkers such as Husserl and Heidegger in the 20th century.

Goethe’s thinking continues to influence today across a number of fields: in the arts via Germany’s state-funded cultural institute, which is named after him; and in education via the more than 1,000 Steiner/Waldorf schools across the globe, which have been inspired by Goethe’s theory of knowledge.

Five of those schools are in Ireland, three of them under the patronage of Lifeways Ireland, whose chairman Pearse O’Shiel believes Goethe has something to teach the Irish education system as a whole.

Named after the philosopher and educationalist Rudolf Steiner, the schools emphasise a delayed approach to formal instruction and instead prioritise hands-on, outdoor and arts-based learning.

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Trump attorney Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, campaign finance violations

Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Trump, is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, according to three people with knowledge of the case.

FBI agents on Monday raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room as part of the investigation, seizing records about Cohen’s clients and personal finances. Among the records taken were those related to a 2016 payment Cohen made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a fourth person familiar with the investigation.

Investigators took Cohen’s computer, phone and personal financial records, including tax returns, as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, that person said.

In a dramatic and broad seizure, federal prosecutors collected communications between Cohen and his clients ‘ including those between the lawyer and Trump, according to both people.

The raids ‘ part of an investigation referred by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to federal prosecutors in New York ‘ point to escalating legal jeopardy for a longtime Trump confidant who is deeply intertwined in the president’s business and personal matters.

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Why HPC Matters: Making the World a Safer Place

In today’s data-driven world, our national security increasingly depends on high-performance computing systems and machine learning technologies that churn through massive amounts of data to identify potential threats, even in real time.

Just consider this example from a trio of experts writing in The Washington Post: ‘Big data is a ‘big deal’ for U.S. spy agencies, which have long relied on multiple data sources to produce intelligence reports,’ the paper noted in a 2017 article. ‘In the past decade, agencies like the CIA and the NSA have institutionalized big data through the development of dedicated analytics units and research and development projects focusing on the analysis of online data such as YouTube videos and social media posts.’1

In this article, the authors outlined five ways in which data analytics systems support national security decisions:

Let’s take a case in point. Today, the Army Research Lab and Fayetteville State University (FSU) are advancing AI research by developing new artificial neural network architectures for security and defense applications. The goal is to build a computer system that can analyze text and video data and send alerts when anomalies are detected, without the need for human intervention.

Under this research program, machines are trained to perform tasks that require human levels of cognitive intelligence. With that goal in mind, computer and data scientists at FSU are teaching machines how to recognize images and video features associated with textual data.

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