Synesthesia: Which Color is That Taste?

Synesthesia as a real phenomenon is quite rare. It affects one in 23 people, or 4.4% of the population.It is defined as the ability of one type of sensory or cognitive input to cause experience in another as well. One of the most typical examples of real synesthesia is perceiving letters as if they have…

Translation: Staying Faithful To The Original

via Daily Prompt: Translate When it comes to translation there is the eternal dilemma between fidelity to the original text and transparency, that is, how easy it is to understand the translation in the target language and how natural it sounds. Fidelity to the original is sometimes called literal translation, but it doesn’t have to…

The Artistic Merit of Art Commissioners / Patrons

Lorenzo de Medici, one of the most famous art patrons and commissioners Lately, I’ve been wondering about art commissioners, those people who pay artists for a certain work, often giving them directions about what needs to be done. The thing that really makes me curious is why they get so rarely mentioned, why their role…

Choosing an After-School Activity for Your Kids

In the previous article, I argued that formal sport training is probably not the best option when it comes to choosing an after-school activity for your kids. Now I’ll try outline three general principles for choosing an activity, and give some recommendations for certain specific activities. The Principles 1. Let them or help them choose…

Nostalgia For The Never Experienced

Today, while reading about Swinging London in 1960s and looking at pictures like this, I started feeling… nostalgic. That wouldn’t be odd if I wasn’t born in 1987 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, without ever visiting London. Yet, I think I felt real nostalgia, for something that I objectively never experienced. Still, reading about cultural scene…

Anglophone Advantage and Its Implications

When your own native language is a world lingua franca you are clearly in an advantaged position, but let’s examine the extent of this advantage, and what it means for people whose native language is not English. Let’s start with obvious facts: If you are a native English speaker you have access to the greatest…