Famed Iranian philosopher Shayegan dies at age 83

Iranian philosopher Dariush Shayegan, known for his book 'Cultural Schizophrenia,' has died at the age of 83. (Facebook)
Updated 22 March 2018
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Famed Iranian philosopher Shayegan dies at age 83

TEHRAN: Iranian state media are reporting that philosopher Dariush Shayegan, known for his book “Cultural Schizophrenia,” has died at the age of 83.
The state-run IRNA news agency said on Thursday that Shayegan spent nearly two months at a Tehran hospital after suffering a stroke in January.
Shayegan was among Iranian scholars who advocated confronting the idea of Western thought dominating cultural and philosophical studies.
Shayegan received his doctorate from Sorbonne University in Paris in the 1960s. He won the French ADELF award presented by the Association of French Authors in 2004 for his French novel “Land of Mirage.”
He once worked as a philosophy professor focused on Indian religions and Sanskrit.
In 2016, Shayegan notably described himself by saying: “I am not a philosopher, I am a free thinker.”


Former Miss Universe to be first Filipina to get Madame Tussauds statue

Updated 24 September 2018
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Former Miss Universe to be first Filipina to get Madame Tussauds statue

Former Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach, will become the first Filipina to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

“When I found out, I was so excited. I couldn't believe it! In my head, this is something that only happens to big stars,” Wurtzbach told Philippines local daily, Rappler.

The statue will be unveiled in early 2019.

Madame Tussauds first opened in London and has since opened several museums all over the world, housing wax figures of prominent historical figures and contemporary celebrities.