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The Meenakshi Temple of Madurai, India ... "The iconic Meenakshi Temple is located in the ancient city of Madurai in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located in the heart of the 2,500-years-old city, Meenakshi Temple is dedicated to goddess Meenakshi, an avatar of the Hindu goddess Parvati — the consort of Lord Shiva. It has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. For the people of Madurai, the temple is the very center of their cultural and religious life.

Meenakshi Temple was originally built by Kulasekarer Pandya in the 6th century BC, but the credit for the present look of the temple goes to the Nayakas, who ruled Madurai from 16th to 18th century. The reign of the Nayaks marks the golden period of Madurai when art, architecture and learning flourished expansively. The riot of colors, however, is a more recent addition.

The temple complex covers around 45 acres and is surrounded by 12 gateway towers called gopurams, the tallest of which is the famous southern tower that rises to 52 meters. Each gopuram is a multi-storied structure in the shape of a steep pyramid, covered with thousands of stone figures of animals, gods, goddesses and demons painted in all colors of the rainbow.

There are several shrines inside the complex dedicated to goddess Meenakshi, her consort Lord Shiva (also called Sundareswarar) and their son, the elephant god Ganesha. Both the Meenakshi and Sundareswarar shrines have gold plated towers whose tops can be seen from a great distance. There is also a sacred water tank, several halls and innumerable Mandapas. Scattered throughout the complex are staggering number of sculptures and statues of gods, warriors on horses, battle scenes, and even characters from the mighty Indian epic Mahabharata. There are an estimated 33,000 sculptures all over the temple.

The temple wasn’t always so vividly painted. The original structure was probably unpainted granite. Then people started painting the sculptures because they wanted the temple to look colorful during big events and festivals. Although it’s pretty to look at, the mindless renovations over the years have deposited thick layers of enamel paint and cement over the ancient structures, hiding the beauty of the original stone sculptures which lay underneath.

Thankfully, for the last few decades there has been a growing awareness on the need to preserve the original beauty of the temple. Several restoration work had taken place in recent years with the intention of restoring the centuries-old Meenakshi Temple to its original state. ..."

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From The Atlantic
“Francis does not fit neatly into American categories.”... “We have this culture-war frame that has built up over the last 40 years, which has very carefully portrayed Catholicism as a bearer of conservative personal and ethical and medical moral values, and has downplayed John Paul II and Benedict’s radical critiques of free-market fundamentalism and militarism. Both were very outspoken on those things.”
How to read the pontiff as he visits the United States of America
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unfortunately, he's with the GOPs when it comes to gays' moral status and women's rights
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Isn't this a great graphic? I just snagged it from a students' blog post!
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Let me see if I've got this straight...

When tested, the gizmo knew it was being tested and said lower miles/gallon and lower emissions.

In reality, it got more miles per gallon and somewhat higher emissions.

But don't they cancel each other out?

If you're getting more miles/gallon, you are emitting less...

I'm lost.

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White House issues photo highlights of Pope Francis' welcome in DC

Pictured: "President Obama introduces Pope Francis to Ethel Kennedy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)"
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Octohocus Pocus - now you see it, now you don't.
Scientists at the University of Melbourne first spotted this unusual behavior during a night dive in Port Philip Bay, Australia, in 2008. According to New Scientist, after shining a light on a southern sand octopus, the frightened specimen began to shoot jets of water into the sand below, creating a pit of quicksand into which it buried its entire body.

According to recently published research, this is the first time a cephalopod has been observed forming a complete burrow beneath the sand.



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  • Antioch University Midwest
    M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998 - 2000
  • University of Toronto
    B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies
  • St. John's College, Great Books
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Dramatic Arts
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Meg McDermott (former name used for my fiction writing).
Change your mind, change the world!
I love people. I love teaching. I love books. I love to write.  

So, I'm always having a good time loving something!

Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor of Critical Thinking for Antioch University Midwest, teaching a course entitled "Critical Thoughts" that I designed over the past year. Prospective students can get a feel for my online teaching style at the following YouTube link:

I am a founding partner, along with David Amerland, Robert E. del Sol, Shaker Cherukuri and Leland LeCuyer, of SynaptIQ+, The think tank for social era knowledge.

I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal for Social Era Knowledge which is going into its second Volume, second Issue (May 2014). This is a peer-reviewed journal, global in scope, but written in English, published online once a year by SynaptIQ+.  Its purpose is to stimulate academic research and encourage business and academic exchanges for the advancement of social era understanding.  

It also publishes short fiction, theoretical essays, best-practices in social era expertise, poetry and empirical papers for those interested in the compelling questions engendered by the introduction of the social era.  

The Journal encourages submissions by new writers (see submission requirements) and welcomes high-quality content on the practical, philosophical, scientific and human interest insights on the following subjects: 

  • social media 
  • social marketing 
  • customer relation management (Social CRM)
  • social business
  • electronic commerce
  • social shopping
  • social advertising
  • social media optimization®
  • reinvented search engine optimization (SEO) including Semantic Search (David Amerland, one of the founders of SynaptIQ+, wrote the book on Semantic Search).
  • algorithmic analysis of any or all aspects of the Internet
  • online learning and teaching
  • legal issues related to the Web
  • online identity and reputation
  • ethics of social business
  • cyber security
  • climate change
  • politics related to a wired world
  • psychology of social era 
  • social era culture
  • social era manners
  • social era art
  • social era understanding of human rights
  • personal experience of the paradoxes of our social era
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Besides academic and fiction writing, one of my life's goals is to make online learning better than land-based. Why? Because online learning is coming! Probably faster than we can now imagine. I have had some success in making online learning better than land-based, so? I think we can succeed if we work hard at it.  I am an experienced (over ten years) course designer and am happy to help those who are starting out.

Information is not knowledge:  engaging learners with information so that they become enthusiastic about knowledge is at the heart of great course design!

My strongest technical expertise is in Teaching, Research, WritingEditing, Publishing and Instructional Design

Send query letters for publication of books or submissions to The Journal for Social Era Knowledge to


The background photo above is from a home I visited in Vouvay, France.


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More about Meg Tufano:

I attended St. John’s College (Great Books), and received my B.A. from The University of Toronto. My M.A. is from Antioch University. Both of my academic degrees are in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on philosophy and psychology.

I am a novelist, my book which won The Tennessee Writer's 'Best Novel Award' published by S+™ is available for purchase here.
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I designed and developed one of the most successful online humanities courses in the world and helped found a think-tank, an academic journal & publishing house.
Meg Tufano, M.A.: I am a Professor of Critical Thinking for Antioch University Midwest and am the Co-Founder of SynaptIQ+, The think-tank for social era knowledge ® for which I am also the Editor-in-Chief of its academic journal and owner of its publishing house, S+™. Concurrently, I teach teachers how to teach online, online.
Online Course Design, Leadership, Organization, Management, Educational Consulting, Curriculum Design, Program Management, Writing, Teaching, Teacher Training, Training, Instructional Design, Editing, Higher Education, Research, E-Learning, Lecturing, Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Technical Writing, Program Management, Publishing
  • Antioch University Midwest
    Adjunct Prof. of Critical Thinking, 2015 - present
    I teach Critical Thinking 100% online through a course I designed for online delivery over the past year, "Critical Thoughts." (I taught the course land-based at Webster University in Leiden, The Netherlands, through 2009.)
  • S+™
    Owner, 2010 - present
    I publish academic, non-fiction and fiction books that cover issues of the social era for SynaptIQ+ through its subsidiary publishing house, S+™.
  • Journal for Social Era Knowledge
    Editor-in-Chief, 2010 - present
  • SynaptIQ+
    Co-Founder, 2010 - present
  • Roane State Community College
    Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Psychology and Religion, 2000 - 2015
  • The McDermott MultiMedia Group
    Group Leader, 2010 - 2013
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The Plot Against Trains - The New Yorker

This week’s horrific Amtrak derailment renewed arguments about Americans’ failure to build for the common good.

Those who can

IMAGINE a job where excellence does nothing to improve your pay or chances of promotion, and failure carries little risk of being sacked. Yo

From "Open" to Justice #OpenCon2014

Here are the transcript and slides from the talk I gave this morning at OpenCon 2014. I was a little nervous as to how well this would be re

MegTufanoWinter2013 - SynaptIQ+ Social Era Knowledge

The Journal for Social Era Knowledge Meg Tufano, Editor-in-Chief Publisher, S+™ Author of "The Deep Dark Web, The NSA, and Personal Privacy:

Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot ha...

Take the kids downtown to go shopping at Sears for back to school clothes the last week of August. Get everyone a new pair of corduroys and

James Risen calls Obama 'greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation'

• Journalist refuses to reveal source of story about CIA operation • President’s support for press freedom called ‘hypocritical’

Hack Education Weekly News: Carpe Diem

RIP Robin Williams and RIP Michael Brown – my god, this week has been so painful. Education Law and Politics. “Education Department Awards 4

Russell Berman

Payday loan lenders are the most prevalent business in the U.S. – moreso than even Starbucks or McDonalds. This boggled John Oliver's mind.

Tales of the cities: the progressive vision of urban America | Gary Youn...

A union leader is being hailed as a possible mayor in Chicago while elsewhere mayors are pursuing policies Obama has been unable to enact on

SynaptIQ+ Social Era Knowledge

Homepage for SynaptIQ+, The think tank for social era knowledge. Access to business and educational consultants, a library of resources for

Iran Hawk Lindsey Graham Says We Need to Work With Iran to Fix Iraq

Sen. Lindsey Graham shocked and confused many by imploring the United States to work with Iran to stabilize Iraq. Just last year, Graham pus

digitallibraryderrickwlodarz - SynaptIQ+ Social Era Knowledge

How the Digitial Revolution Saved the Library by Derrick Wlodarz, edited by Meg Tufano for The Journal for Social Era Knowledge, Spring 2014

Writing Tip: Seven Common Weaknesses You Can Fix in Your Non-fiction Wri...

I have worked on so many non-fiction books that I sometimes feel like a family doctor who has cared for so many patients he can diagnose a p

When did mass shootings become so frighteningly mundane in America? | Su...

Isla Vista. Seattle. Las Vegas. Now Troutdale. The summer of 2014 has killing everywhere, and we've yet to reach the equinox

#YesAllWomen and Ed-Tech Conferences, or Why ISTE is Unsafe

#YesAllWomen in ed-tech. Earlier this week, Ariel Norling published an incredibly brave article — an incredibly difficult to read article —

How Search Works - The Story – Inside Search – Google

Search starts with the web. It's made up of over 60 trillion individual pages and it's constantly growing. Google navigates the web by crawl

Westerners Fighting in Syria Could Pose a Terrorist Future Threat at Home

This week, an American Islamists who has been fighting with an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria perpetrated a suicide strike, the first to be

Don't regulate professors' tweets | Al Jazeera America

University social media policies don't just quell free speech, they impede scholars' ability to grow

Journal - SynaptIQ+ Social Era Knowledge

Spring 2014 Journal for Social Era Knowledge

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