Category Archives: Philosophy

Study: Kinship and Class in the West Indies:- Jamaica and Guyana

Kinship and Class in the West Indies: A Genealogical Study of Jamaica and Guyana  – (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

By: Raymond T. Smith

Is a family system that permits freedom to enter, dissolve, and re-enter sexual unions, that tolerates high illegitimacy rates, and allows a large proportion of households to be headed by women, viable, natural and healthy? This is an appropriate question to ask of many modern industrial societies in the 1980s.

Yet a system with just those factors has been in place in the West Indies for 150 years. In this book, Raymond T. Smith explores the extensive family and kinship ties of West Indians in Jamaica and Guyana, and in so doing dispels many of the myths that exist about West Indian family life.

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To This Day Project – From Pain to Beauty: Violence in Schools – Shane Koyczan – video

To This Day Project – From Pain to Beauty- Shane Koyczan 

Published on Feb 19, 2013 – This video has over 15 Million views

Shane Koyczan “To This Day”

“My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways.    Continue reading

LIFE IS A TRAIN RIDE – By Dmitri Allicock + video

Life is a train ride

LIFE IS A TRAIN RIDE

By Dmitri Allicock

Our life is indeed a journey on a train

Crossing valleys, hills & grassy plains

Boarding with our parents as sprouts

Believing in them without any doubt

Panorama of the outside whistling by

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The Seekers – what manner of seeker are you? – By Dr Dhanpaul Narine

The Seekers

By: Dhanpaul Narine

There are four kinds that seek

Each with its own station and path

The first does nothing

And are resigned to whatever happens

Schools for them are factories

Where learning is done by rote

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The Ecology of Happiness – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Ecology of Happiness

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

 International Happiness Day will be on March 20, 2015. The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon defines happiness to mean, ‘working to end conflict, poverty and other unfortunate conditions in which so many of our fellow human beings live.’

In various UN studies on wellbeing it was found that happy people live longer, they earn more and they are healthier, more productive and loyal. They also heal faster. Happiness is like a shining star. It radiates and it has the properties to be contagious. Happy people want others to be happy like them. Some psychologists believe that your success and personal growth will multiply with age. Happiness, however, is a relatively new field of study. But contrary to what some governments may be saying wellbeing as a science is not a global oddity.

The idea of happiness has long featured in the world’s religions and many philosophers have spent years trying to explain how one can be happy. But it has remained elusive. Continue reading

Gino Vannelli – Wheels Of Life – with Lyrics + cartoon

 Gino Vannelli – Wheels Of Life – with Lyrics

The wheels of life are turning so much faster
The restless hands of time pass me by
There are dreams I’ll never live to see
But as long as you believe in me
I’ll still feel them on the way
As I take life day by day
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Kennedy and British Guiana: A Cold War International History

Kennedy and British Guiana: A Cold War International History

Published on Apr 23, 2013

13-03-13 Institute for the Study of the Americas
http://www.sas.ac.uk/     http://events.sas.ac.uk/isa/events/vi…
Fifty Years Without JFK: Rethinking Global Diplomacy – Americas: Panel 2

Kennedy and British Guiana: A Cold War International History
Robert Anthony Waters Jr. (Ohio Northern University)

This paper will re-examine the Kennedy administration‘s relations with British Guiana and Premier Cheddi Jagan. It is a revisionist account that puts U.S. policy in the larger context of Cuban and Soviet intervention. The paper will do the following:
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Are you past oriented or future oriented? – The Secret Powers of Time

Are you past oriented or future oriented – The Secret Powers of Time

Renowned psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo explains how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being.

Watch the full lecture here: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/ar…

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
Watch the full lecture here: http://www.thersa.org/events/video/vi.

 

Living a Life of Balance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Living a Life of Balance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Read, dance, pray, sing, love, laugh, eat, celebrate and appreciate. And yes, you are allowed to worry because positive worry is good.

We all want to be happy. We resent being thrown off our axis. Our everyday existence is a search for happiness.

Our consciousness is bombarded with wants, desires, information and materialism that we often lose our sense of balance.

The tentacles of the social media have us so connected that it is sometimes difficult to look at life withan impartial gaze.

The world is trying to throw you off balance and events are conspiring to make your life miserable.

It is time for new beginnings.   Continue reading

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