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Knowledge Isn’t Power

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Why does ignorance rule in policy debates?
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Are we as societies even capable of taking good policy advice?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 2, 12:16 PM

Much of what is understood as leadership i.e. political, School, economic, etc. is shallow and superficial. It is about managing. We even use the term manage to describe relationships. We manage relationships. We manage connections. We manage change. Hardly, but it sounds good.

 

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“Straightness must be destroyed” - A discussion with Saffo Papantonopoulou

“Straightness must be destroyed” - A discussion with Saffo Papantonopoulou | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

...the title is provocative on purpose. I do want it to be unsettling. I want it to be unsettling for straight people. When I was writing it I sort of had a mixed image of who my imagined audience would be. The point of the whole book was, to be a kind of a beginner's guide to intersection between queerness and anarchism. So I imagined a common audience, not a theoretically abstract one. An audience who are new to queerness, new to anarchism. The point of the essay unfolded in the process of writing it. Basically I wanted to get away from all that "oh, some people are gay and some people are straight, and some people are trans or bisexual" and everyone has their own sort of self-identification. This is a neo-liberal approach. "Some people like Coke, and some people like Pepsi". We rather think about sexuality and gender as some systems that have a history that's political. We don't just have our sexualities, we are part of a historical process. Part of the idea that straightness is a system, is that I am not talking about identification, I am talking about a larger system that we need to think about... We have different words for it, we call it heteronormativity, patriarchy, cis-sexism. These are all different manifestations of this larger thing. We can call it straightness, we can call it heteropatriarchy, we can call it transphobia. All of these things that manifest themselves in different ways. So, a cis person, who is gay, who is transphobic, that's also a form of straightness.

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‘Plato at the Googleplex,’ by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

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Goldstein is a novelist and a teacher of philosophy... [who] has written a love letter to Plato, whom she regards as having given us philosophy. He is, in her view, as relevant today as he ever was — which is to say, very. To demonstrate his continuing hipness, her expository chapters on his writings and milieu alternate with Platonic-style dialogues set in ­present-day America, where Plato is on a book tour. The old chap adapts wonderfully to his unfamiliar surroundings. Presented with a Chromebook computer, he becomes addicted to Googling, and enrolls in online courses to brush up on ­neuroscience.

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Plato, 21st Century Thinker

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Amazing Folk Tale Map Reveals Deep Links Between Cultures

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“ Researchers used techniques from genetics to explain culture.”


Via Ana Margarida Ramos
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Extremely interesting

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Keith Wayne Brown's curator insight, December 22, 9:34 AM

Extremely interesting

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That’s rich! Why so many wealthy Americans think they’re middle class

That’s rich! Why so many wealthy Americans think they’re middle class | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Recent remarks from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew help shed light on a troubling phenomenon
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this should not be a surprise  

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Masculine Energy

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by Phoebe Maltz Bovy I can't stop thinking about Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart's essay identifying with macho or misogynistic male authors and protagonists: I’d always understood I was a she, and I nev...
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The protagonist's gaze

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Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet

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Physicists have teleported a light particle 15 miles (25 kilometers), making it the farthest quantum teleportation yet.


Advances in quantum teleportation could lead to better Internet and communication security, and get scientists closer to developing quantum computers. About five years ago, researchers could only teleport quantum information, such as which direction a particle is spinning, across a few meters. Now, they can beam that information across several miles.


Physicists can't instantly transport matter, but they can instantly transport information through quantum teleportation. This works thanks to a bizarre quantum mechanics property called entanglement. Quantum entanglement happens when two subatomic particles stay connected no matter how far apart they are. When one particle is disturbed, it instantly affects the entangled partner. It's impossible to tell the state of either particle until one is directly measured, but measuring one particle instantly determines the state of its partner.


In the new, record-breaking experiment, researchers from the University of Geneva, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology used a superfast laser to pump out photons. Every once in a while, two photons would become entangled. Once the researchers had an entangled pair, they sent one down the optical fiber and stored the other in a crystal at the end of the cable. Then, the researchers shot a third particle of light at the photon traveling down the cable. When the two collided, they obliterated each other.


Quantum information has already been transferred dozens of miles, but this is the farthest it's been transported using an optical fiber, and then recorded and stored at the other end. Other quantum teleportation experiments that beamed photons farther used lasers instead of optical fibers to send the information. But unlike the laser method, the optical-fiber method could eventually be used to develop technology like quantum computers that are capable of extremely fast computing, or quantum cryptography that could make secure communication possible.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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the future information

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The Path of the Sacred Clown: Where Trickster and Shaman Converge

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Like Thomas Merton wrote, “In a world of tension and breakdown, it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner lives not by avoiding anguish and running away from problems, but by facing them in their naked reality and in their ordinariness.” Sacred clowns are the epitome of such integration.
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Overcoming blind religiosity with blasphemous humor. 

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School of the Americas Morphs Into US Training Industrial Complex

School of the Americas Morphs Into US Training Industrial Complex | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
Activists still demand closure of the School of Americas 25 years after a Jesuit priest massacre.
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interlocking networks of violent control

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I'm Gen Y, and I'm Not a Special Snowflake. I'm Broke. | Mother Jones

I'm Gen Y, and I'm Not a Special Snowflake. I'm Broke. | Mother Jones | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it
If I want something beyond debt and low wages, am I simply being entitled and delusional?
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' is called 'The Force Awakens'

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Star Wars Episode: VII finally has a subtitle: The Force Awakens. Disney quietly announced the title on Twitter this morning — a somewhat strange approach to what is easily the most anticipated...
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I feel it.

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Higher Education and the New Brutalism

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The crisis of higher education is about more than a crisis of funding and an assault on dissent; it is also about a crisis of memory, agency and politics.
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To Those Appropriating Dia de los Muertos This Year -

To Those Appropriating Dia de los Muertos This Year - | Pahndeepah Perceptions | Scoop.it

Feeling like a flustered child when I see you with already pale face painted in sugar skull patterns, your up-do, your poufy dress, a complete costume that means nothing to you but “creative expression” and a chance to win Best Halloween Makeup. 

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Yeah, it has bothered me for a long time that Dia de Los Muertos has been appropriated by folks as just another excuse to party by taking on what is a real holiday for another culture. 

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New Study Finds Human Beings Were Never Meant To Wake Up From Sleep

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BOSTON—According to a new study published in The New England Journal Of Medicine this week, human beings were never meant to wake up after falling asleep, but were rather supposed to remain in a deep, peaceful slumber until eventually expiring.
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Episode 010: Tam Hunt

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On today’s podcast I sit down with philosopher Tam Hunt to talk about Panpsychism, a school of thought that tries to collect science and spirituality together and find a common ground… Mr. Hunt lives in Santa Barbara and runs Community Renewable Solutions LLC. Let me just cut and paste from his site: “Hunt is an attorney with substantial experience in California regulatory law and policy, specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency policy. .

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An attorney who thinks about justice and social action against a process philosophy background.  

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‘A Philosophy of Walking,’ by Frédéric Gros

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Less organized than a sport and more profound than a voyage, a long walk, Gros suggests, allows us to commune with the sublime.
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Less organized than a sport and more profound than a voyage, a long walk, Gros suggests, allows us to commune with the sublime.

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Peacock’s Cry of Soul’s Splendour

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Image via http://chronoperates.deviantart.com/art/Art-Nouveau-Peacock-272202614
I.“A Sufi legend, likely of Persian origin, suggests that god created spirit in the form of a peacock.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, December 21, 6:57 PM

Spirit made manifest as the  Peacoick,

revelling in his own Beauty

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Making It About Gender

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by Michelle Dean The news about humanity is never very good when it comes from Reddit, is it? Today's contribution comes via an editorial at WIRED. Its authors, Elena Glassman, Neha Narula and Jean...
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It does matter 

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A Torch for the Path to Omniscience | Lotsawa House

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This is the word-by-word commentary on the text of the Longchen Nyingtik preliminary practices entitled, ‘A Torch for the Excellent Path of Omniscience’.

Via A Rosemont Journey
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Letting-go of frustration, practicing compassion, open to the Encompassing - #liberation

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A Rosemont Journey's curator insight, December 9, 9:33 PM

Dzogchen Practices from The Heart Essence of Vast Expanse

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Wig In A Box - YouTube

On nights like this When the world's a bit amiss And the lights go down Across the trailer park I get down, I feel had I feel on the verge of going mad And t...
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One of my favorite songs from the musical. :)

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Candice Bernd: Don't Frack With Denton!

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A small city in Texas has taken a bold step forward by banning fracking within municipal limits.
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My friend and fellow Dentonite, Candace, talks with Thom Hartman about the citizen supported local ban on fracking in Denton.

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A British Tory Is An American Democrat

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Here's an indication of just how far to the right the American political discourse is, compared with Britain - the developed country most in tune with American neo-liberalism: That's why David Came...
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And folks wonder why the right so easily controls the discussion.

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Why One Professor Thinks Academics Should Write ‘BuzzFeed-Style Scholarship’ – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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