Collected Quotes from Albert Einstein [Note: This list of Einstein quotes was being forwarded around the Internet in e-mail, so I decided to put it on my web page. I'm afraid I can't vouch for its authenticity, tell you where it came from, who compiled the list, who Kevin Harris is, or anything like that. Still, the quotes are interesting and enlightening.] "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. Copyright: Kevin Harris 1995 (may be freely distributed with this acknowledgement)
Non-human Democracy: our political vocabulary has no room for animals This is part one of a three-part essay that proposes a way of thinking about democracy that’s seldom, if ever, used. Despite the popularity in other disciplines of inter-species thinking, it’s ignored in democracy research. Why is that? Why can we not conceive of democracy as anything other than uniquely human? “Non-human Democracy” seeks to answer these questions. Democracy changes with each of time’s footsteps forward. Since then, other prominent thinkers like democracy scholars David Held and Wolfgang Merkel have echoed this point, because it’s an important point to make. But when my colleagues Mark Chou, Selen Ercan, Giovanni Navarria and I went looking for Collier and Levitsky’s list of hundreds, we couldn’t find it. We didn’t expect so many. Finding a start in democracy’s complexity Aside from the work to describe, catalogue and otherwise make sense of this big data, our list offers plenty for critical investigation. It doesn’t look like we’ll stop naming democracy any time soon.
An Essay by Einstein -- The World As I See It "How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. "I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. "My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. "My political ideal is democracy. "This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor... "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. See also Einstein's Third Paradise, an essay by Gerald Holton
Why Don’t We Feel More Guilty About Eating Animals? “Ham is made from pig bum, isn’t it Mummy?“ This was the question I was confronted with during a recent trip to the local zoo with my young daughter. She had taken a break from feeding Alice, the zoo’s resident pig, to inhale her own lunch (a ham sandwich) when suddenly she made the connection: "I like Alice. She’s my friend!” This moment of realisation didn’t seem to present a problem for a precocious four year old. This dilemma is often called the “meat paradox”. Mental Tug-Of-War Cognitive dissonance occurs whenever someone holds contradictory beliefs – it can manifest as a range of emotions including anger, embarrassment and guilt. Most people are hardwired to curb the self-flagellation that occurs whenever we focus our thinking on the subject causing our cognitive dissonance. While this might seem like a straightforward change, arguing that it is a simple move vastly underestimates how deeply ingrained eating meat is in most cultures. Fido’s not coming home Shutterstock
Human World Human World The women of the Tiwi tribe in the South Pacific are married at birth. When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was not Irish. The lance ceased to be an official battle weapon in the British Army in 1927. St. Many sailors used to wear gold earrings so that they could afford a proper burial when they died. Some very Orthodox Jew refuse to speak Hebrew, believing it to be a language reserved only for the Prophets. A South African monkey was once awarded a medal and promoted to the rank of corporal during World War I. Born 4 January 1838, General Tom Thumb's growth slowed at the age of 6 months, at 5 years he was signed to the circus by P.T. Because they had no proper rubbish disposal system, the streets of ancient Mesopotamia became literally knee-deep in rubbish. The Toltecs, Seventh-century native Mexicans, went into battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies. Pogonophobia is the fear of beards. John D.
Pyrénées-Orientales : l’État fait abattre des vaches errantes "C'est une menace. Ces vaches sont revenues à l'état sauvage. Elles sont peureuses et foncent facilement sur les gens, explique Gilles Giuliani, sous-préfet de Céret (Pyrénées-Orientales), à propos d'un dossier qualifié de sensible par tous les services interrogés, et visiblement tenus au silence. Elles se reproduisent de façon anarchique et on estime ce troupeau sauvage entre 300 et 400 bêtes. Face à la problématique aussi ancienne que récurrente de ces bovins de race massanaise divaguant dans le massif des Albères, les services de l'État ont donc décidé de lancer une opération mercredi matin pour éliminer quelques-uns de ces spécimens "errants et dangereux". Plusieurs drames évités Une intervention d'urgence au vu d'événements récents alarmants. La semaine précédente déjà, une dame qui se promenait de bon matin sur la commune de l'Albère, a été chargée et encornée par une de ces vaches. Gestion transfrontalière
Einstein Earth - Many animals can become mentally ill Flint was hit hard when his mother Flo passed away. He became withdrawn and stared into space. He also stopped eating and became weak. After a few days, Flint rested close to where his mother had lain, and died. Flint was a chimpanzee living in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. His story was described by primatologist Jane Goodall in her 2010 book Through a Window. To our eyes, many animals seem to suffer from forms of mental illness. We have tended to think of psychological illnesses as a uniquely human trait. Many of us have seen or heard of pets that become sad after the loss of a companion. Scientists found signs of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in chimpanzees But animal mental illness can take many forms. It seems that animal mental illness can be triggered by many of the same factors that unleash mental illness in humans. This is most easily seen in animals that are held in captivity. Stressful events can even leave marks on animals' genes.