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The World of Open Access: 2. Colors

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Noble colors for a noble idea

There are different ways to distinguish the different Open Access types. The most common nowadays is to give them different colors. As we believe, that the idea to make science as accessible as possible is extremely honorable, we like to make make a reference to the knights and the colors they use the most.

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Re-THINK Courtyard House

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Terrace house renovation in Sungai Buloh

Another brilliant example of Green Architecture from Edric Choo Poo Liang and the O2 Design Studio. Edric shares with us his insights on the project and the interesting ideas implemented in it.

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The World of Open Access: 1. History

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The World of Open Access

The open access movement continues to gain momentum around the world. With the constant appearance of new Open Access Journals or OAJ, such as the SWS Journal of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the SWS Journal of Social Sciences and Art science and research have never been closer and more available to us. In a series of posts, we are going to peek through the world of Open Access and the endless possibilities it provides.

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Arthur Schopenhauer: Every truth passes through three stages

Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

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Walter Benjamin: Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas

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A modernist thinker

Considered one of the greatest modernist thinkers of the 20th century, Walter Benjamin was a philosopher, cultural critic, and essayist. His works show eclecticism, combining elements from different traditions as Romanticism, German idealism, Marxism, and Jewish mysticism. He made a great and influential contribution to the fields of aesthetics, philosophy, cultural studies, literary criticism, and historical materialism. Some of his best-known seminal works are The Task of the Translator (1923), The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1935), and Theses on Philosophy of History (1940). In the academic world, Walter Benjamin is highly-regarded and prominent as a man of ideas. However, a fact less disputed is that he developed a complex, lively, elegant, and refined non-linear writing style. Susan Sontag claimed that in his texts, sentences did not yield to ordinary logic, do not progress into one another, and are as each sentence "had to say everything, before the inward gaze of total concentration dissolved the subject before his eyes", a "freeze-frame baroque" style of writing and contemplation. To elucidate his meditations upon the topic, Walter Benjamin offers thirteen essentials of the writer's technique.

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