Mayan Calendar http://nhpr.org en What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway? http://nhpr.org/post/whats-deal-nostradamus-anyway <P>As the Western world’s favorite doomsday prophet, Nostradamus and his <A href="http://www.thenostradamuspredictions.com/prophecies">enigmatic four-line poems </A>have been used to explain catastrophes and lately, the looming apocalypse. We spoke with <STRONG>Stéphane Gerson, </STRONG>Associate Professor of French Studies at New York University, and author of <A href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/stephane-gerson/nostradamus-renaissance/"><EM>Nostradamus: How An Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became The Modern Prophet Of Doom </EM></A>to find out why a 16<SUP>th</SUP> century astrologer and poet came to represent the face of the four horsemen. He will&nbsp;be giving a free talk&nbsp;at the <A href="http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/45/node/177988">New York Public Library</A> on February 4.</P> <P> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:11:19 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18844 at http://nhpr.org What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway? The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life http://nhpr.org/post/mayan-apocalypse-and-meaning-life Since Adam <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/01/30/146108888/science-and-the-meaningful-life">wrote here yesterday</a> of science as a meaningful pursuit, or better, of how a science-inspired way of quenching our unquenchable thirst for knowledge about ourselves and the world will add meaning to one's life, I'd like to take off on a tangent also springing from Umair Haque's <a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/haque/2012/01/create_a_meaningful_life_throu.html">recent blog post</a> in the <em>Harvard Business Review</em>.<p>Two days ago I listened to a lecture on the Mayan "prediction" of th Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:39:00 +0000 Marcelo Gleiser 1644 at http://nhpr.org The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life