Category Archives: Philosophy

Rise of common folk in Brazil, India, Indonesia – commentary

Rise of common folk in Brazil, India, Indonesia

New and popular politicians in the developing world’s largest democracies come from humble origins. This trend reflects an ‘equality of conditions,’ or free societies that come to see dignity in each individual.

Narendra Modi, the newly installed prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, India, is the low-caste son of a tea-stall owner.

Joko Widodo, the president-elect of the third largest democracy, Indonesia, was a furniture maker only a decade ago.

And Marina Silva, the most popular candidate in a presidential race in the fourth largest democracy, Brazil, grew up in poverty in an Amazon jungle town. As a child, she tapped rubber trees and taught herself to read at age 16.

Picture: Presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party speaks during a Sept. 8 campaign visit to the Unibes Foundation which offers aid to the needy.

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What makes us get sick? Look upstream – Rishi Manchanda

Rishi Manchanda: What makes us get sick? Look upstream.

18:13 minutes · TEDSalon NY2014

Rishi Manchanda has worked as a doctor in South Central Los Angeles for a decade, where he’s come to realize: His job isn’t just about treating a patient’s symptoms, but about getting to the root cause of what is making them ill—the “upstream” factors like a poor diet, a stressful job, a lack of fresh air.

It’s a powerful call for doctors to pay attention to a patient’s life outside the exam room.  View video below….. Continue reading

Owl of Minerva’s View: ISIS and Our Times – By Noam Chomsky

Owl of Minerva’s View: ISIS and Our Times

Friday, 05 September 2014 13:10 By Noam Chomsky, Truthout | Op-Ed

Refugee Camp - syriaPhoto:Families camp out at the Bajid Kandala refugee camp, near Iraq’s border crossing with Syria, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Lynsey Addario / NYT)

Noam Chomsky, Truthout:  Human civilization began by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. It is perhaps fitting that we have plunged the cradle of civilization into disaster, just as we may have ensured the end of the human civilization by warming our climate to the point of no return. 

It is not pleasant to contemplate the thoughts that must be passing through the mind of the Owl of Minerva as the dusk falls and she undertakes the task of interpreting the era of human civilization, which may now be approaching its inglorious end.  Continue reading

Muhammad Ali – Amusing and Amazing Interviews – 2 videos

Muhammad Ali Funniest Interview

Video #2 below:……

Amazing Motivational Speech by Muhammad Ali

The best boxer in the human history Muhammad Ali talks about what he is going to do when he retires,talks about his philosophy and about his thoughts about religion and god.

Video #2 below:

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Grounding your body improves your health

GROUNDING Article/Documentary

Story at-a-glance

  • Walking barefoot on the Earth transfers free electrons from the Earth’s surface into your body that spread throughout your tissues providing beneficial effects. This process is called ‘grounding.’
  • Grounding has been shown to relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, thin your blood, enhance well-being and much, much more
  • Wearing plastic- or rubber-soled shoes effectively disconnects you from the Earth’s natural electron flow
  • In the Grounded documentary, you’ll hear first-hand accounts from residents of Haines, Alaska who have overcome chronic pain, sleep apnea and much more simply by getting grounded Continue reading

What can USA and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world?

What can the American and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world? inc videos

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May August 14, 2014 at 10:59 am EDT
A group of students in Karakati, India, research the answer to a big question at one location of Sugata Mitra's School in the Cloud. According to Mitra and Adam Braun, there's a lot that Western schools can learn about education from students in India.

Students in Phaltan, India, research the answer to a big question at one of Sugata Mitra’s School in the Cloud labs. According to Mitra and his Microsoft Work Wonders Project partner, Adam Braun, there’s quite a bit that Western schools can learn from classrooms in the developing world.

Adam Braun went to school in the US and now runs a nonprofit that builds schools in Ghana, Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In contrast, Sugata Mitra—the winner of the 2013 TED Prize—went to school in India and now is a professor in the UK, where his research on self-directed learning routinely brings him into elementary schools.
Both of these education activists have seen how typical classrooms function in the Western world, and both have seen how typical classrooms function in the developing world. And both say, the West isn’t always better.Braun and Mitra have teamed up through Microsoft’s Work Wonders Project to bring Mitra’s School in the Cloud learning platform into Braun’s Pencils of Promise schools. As the two pilot their partnership in a school in rural Ghana, we got them together via Skype to talk through a bold question: what can the West learn from the developing world when it comes to education? Their conversation is packed with insights.   Continue reading

Pope Francis’ top 10 tips for happiness

Pope Francis’ top 10 tips for happiness

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Pope Francis

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Tuesday August 5, 2014 – Pope Francis’ reputation for being approachable and down-to-earth has earned him the soubriquet “The People’s Pope” and factored significantly into his choice by Time magazine as their Person of the Year 2013. “In a matter of months,” the Time profile said, “Francis has elevated the healing mission of the church — the church as servant and comforter of hurting people in an often harsh world — above the doctrinal police work so important to his recent predecessors.”

Now, Pope Francis has outlined a ten-point plan for happiness. The Top 10 list appeared in an interview for the Argentine magazine Viva, which was released to celebrate the Pope’s first 500 days in office.   Continue reading

HERO THE WARRIOR – By Peter Halder – E-Book #6 released

HERO THE WARRIOR – By Peter Halder – E-Book #6 released

Defender of The Forces of Good

Hero..The WarriorPeter Halder’s E-Book number 6, Hero The Warrior: Defender of The Forces of Good, is now on sale on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com. Check the links below. The book is quartet of fantastic, exciting and action packed Fairy Tale adventures which extol the conquest of good over evil. Fairy Gloriana engages the services of a mighty hunter Hero of Creion to rescue a Royal child from a Wicked Witch, Aglaia.

In the second thrilling adventure, a Prince falls in love with a gold statue, The Golden Princess, and engages Hero The Warrior to seek out and obtain the means to make it human. In his third adventure, Hero is sent on a mission to find and return The Cross of Enna and destroy the Evil Wizard who stole it.

Read more:  Go to Peter Halder’s blog to comment, look inside, and order 

Guyana Glows Within – By Dmitri Allicock + video

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Guyana Glows Within

By Dmitri Allicock

 

A thousand miles and poles apart

Guyana glows within your heart

Where precious memories reside

Sad or happy you can decide

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Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

I treat my own bouts of hiraeth by writing about my experiences as a child growing up in Guyana. I was fortunate to travel and work in the interior and luckily kept an irregular journal during the years 1980-1981. I left Ebini Ranch in 1983 to study veterinary medicine in Poland where I have remained since. Here is my second story.

This article attempts to explain my feelings of “Hiraeth”.

“I am, more importantly however, a permanent resident of the human race and no matter where I go, I’d like to think that I will always belong.” Says Tricia Yearwood in her article, “What It Means To Be A Guyanese Emigrant”

Wise words to end this honest and, at times, soul tearing piece on how leaving the old country is only really accomplished physically. I know this ache intimately that she writes about “…my eyes began to ache with the same disconnect …”. I became very familiar with this constant feeling of ‘ache’ and ‘disconnect’ during the 31 years that have passed since I left Guyana. Continue reading

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