Pakistan and the US: A too-close embrace? - Features It is of little surprise that in the weeks following the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s leader, in a Pakistani military garrison town, the Pakistani relationship with the United States has been described using various analogies of romantic dysfunction: as an abusive relationship, as one partner cheating on another, and as a failing marriage where the partners stay together for the sake of the children. The children, in this case, being various distinct (but linked) violent, armed groups that are waging war on both parties, separately and at times in concert. But if the relationship between these states really is a romantic entanglement gone wrong, then the latest batch of US embassy cables to be leaked by the whistleblowing website Wikileaks is like having access to the email and text message exchanges between the two, revealing the many faces of the partnership.
Famous Oscar Wild quotation No man is rich enough to buy back his past The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast I don`t like principles. I prefer prejudices One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry Visualizing the History of Philosophy as a social network: The Problem with Hegel Introduction This is Part I of a series. Part II is available here, and has an updated graphic. How Important is Hegel?! I was surprised I hadn't seen this graphic at Drunks and Lampposts made with Gephi until a friend posted it on facebook last week. 50 Amazing Life Lessons Everyone Needs. These Will Change Your Life. Its easy to lose ourselves in life sometimes. Life isn’t always easy, after all. Bad phases can come and go, or come and stay for a long time. But, we need to go on, and if we do we often come out stronger than we were before. Below are the best inspirational quotes to help you out during those tough times and hopefully give you some motivation, or at the very least something to think about.
Ecstacy Changes Everything The present moment is really an opening, so it has no duration–you are in the now when time ceases to exist. Perhaps the best way to gain such an experience is to realize that the word present is linked to the word presence. When the present moment becomes filled with a presence that is all-absorbing, completely at peace, and totally satisfying, you are in the now. Presence isn’t an experience. Presence is felt whenever awareness is open enough. The situation at hand doesn’t have to bear any responsibility. 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.]
Visual Social Network Analysis in R and Gephi Part II Resuming from last time, I've made some updates to the philosophers' social network including publishing two interactive maps. Quick introduction: you know that sidebar on wikipedia where it tells you someone was influenced by someone else, linking to them? These graphs are generated from asking wikipedia for a comprehensive list of every philosopher's influence on every other. There are some sample-bias issues and data problems I went over in the first part of the series, but overall it's both beautiful and interesting. Interactive visuals
Ethics and Morality: Who Cares? Ethics and Morality: Who Cares? Does any of this really matter? Why be concerned with moral theories and distinctions between different types of moral theories? Why bother with some of the difficult questions which are raised in metaethics? Everyone is brought up with some sort of moral system, and it usually works out fairly well - isn't that enough? An Essay by Einstein "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.
Systems philosophy Systems Philosophy is a discipline aimed at constructing a new philosophy (in the sense of worldview) by using systems concepts. The discipline was founded by Ervin Laszlo in 1972 with his book Introduction to Systems Philosophy: Toward a New Paradigm of Contemporary Thought. It has been described as the "reorientation of thought and world view ensuing from the introduction of "systems" as a new scientific paradigm". Overview