The Mind, Life and Insights of Confucius

While all living beings are mortal, only human kind has access to the self-awareness of its own mortality. With this knowledge of our own finiteness, we may become cynical and fearful pessimists wallowing in despair and nihilism or we may choose to embrace a higher set of goals and principles for the identity we shape…

A Hamiltonian Solution for Africa (RTF Lecture with Lawrence Freeman)

It has become far too common for westerners to look upon the plight of Africa as a “permanent state of underdevelopment, poverty and famine” from which no genuine solution may ever arise. Citizens of the west are told repeatedly that giving $1/day is the only way they may play some positive role in alleviating Africa’s…

The 15th Century Renaissance and the Space Program Today

by Cynthia Chung Today, a new system of alliances is emerging centered around China’s Belt and Road Initiative which has brought together over 125 nations into a new paradigm of cooperation and long term thinking unseen for many generations. With Italy’s recent joining in this new alliance, and the announcement of a Russia-China-European joint lunar…

The Discovery of the School of Athens Part 1: The Pre-Socratic Philosophers Explored

By Gerald Therrien “A little learning is a dang’rous thing;Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,And drinking largely sobers us again.”(from ‘An Essay on Criticism’, by Alexander Pope) The year 2020 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the great Florentine artist Raffaello Sanzio.  One of his most…

Representations of Muslim Culture in Western Literature

In this class, Asad Wasti presents a quick survey of the works of various Western literary icons, in an attempt to demonstrate a direct influence on their writings from the Muslim world. We will examine the correlation between Dante’s Comedia and the Isra & Mai’raj tales from the 13th century, as well as later representation…

China’s Electricity Superhighway Inspires a Classical Musical Awakening in Brazil

By Matthew Ehret As China’s Belt and Road Initiative continues to lift millions out of poverty through long term investments into energy, water, transportation, education and science projects, a too often overlooked and yet incredibly important effect has been the explosion of cultural optimism and beautiful artistic expression found among the youth touched by the…

Khazaria and the Forgotten Christian-Jewish-Muslim-Confucian Alliance

As part of the RTF Lecture Series “The Renaissance Principle Across the Ages“, Matthew Ehret discusses the Christian-Jewish-Muslim-Confucian Alliance of Khazaria. Today’s age of geopolitics has made it difficult for many people to appreciate the cooperative traditions in history that gave rise to the great discoveries and progress of humanity’s collective experience. From the ancient…