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Some focus on Edexcel AS Politics Pol1, Pol2, other More Eclectic mind, & conceptual articles.
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'Shock jock' disrupts politics show

'Shock jock' disrupts politics show | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
American "shock jock" Alex Jones has appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics show and disrupted it in spectacular fashion.
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Politicians, beware deadly lure of referendums - gulfnews.com

Politicians, beware deadly lure of referendums - gulfnews.com | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
The Guardian
Politicians, beware deadly lure of referendums
gulfnews.com
The same pattern applies to the Scottish referendum, a potentially explosive event taking place in the autumn of 2014 — a few months before the general elections.
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Gooale valuation of perils of referenda, redolent of their description as the "tools of dictators & demagogues"

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Economic forces driving the EU referendum call

Economic forces driving the EU referendum call | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
Letters: The left needs to make the case for an alternative, progressive future outside the EU
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Great PPE piece

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Rest of UK 'should have a vote on further Scottish devolution'

Rest of UK 'should have a vote on further Scottish devolution' | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
A House of Commons committee recommends setting up a constitutional convention to review devolved powers.
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good recent eg. of HoC committee action.  also links in well with devolution, more quasi-federalism, and the future of both our constitution and our country

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Why Socialism? :: Monthly Review

Why Socialism? :: Monthly Review | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
Is it advisable for one who is not an expert on economic and social issues to express views on the subject of socialism? I believe for a number of reasons that it is.

Via Alexandra Herazo Ferrer
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Queen's Speech 2013: Bill-by-bill

Queen's Speech 2013: Bill-by-bill | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
The Queen's Speech sets out the government's legislative programme for the next year. Here is a guide to all the bills in it.
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So, another Parliamentary term, content is conspicuous by it's absence, as was, apparently Economics. Still check out what was included....
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A Radicaltarian Look At Getting Over The Moral Limits Of Economics

A Radicaltarian Look At Getting Over The Moral Limits Of Economics | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
Plato and Aristotle: still arguing. Economics can't explain it all. That's the insight that flows from a close look at how much morality we can get out of economic theory.
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Daniel Dennett: an interesting philosopher of mind.

Daniel Dennett:  an interesting philosopher of mind. | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it

The philosopher Daniel Dennett talks about his 16th book, “Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking,” which W.W. Norton is publishing next week... 

 

The mind? A collection of computerlike information processes, which happen to take place in carbon-based rather than silicon-based hardware.

 

The self? Simply a “center of narrative gravity,” a convenient fiction that allows us to integrate various neuronal data streams.

 

The elusive subjective conscious experience — the redness of red, the painfulness of pain — that philosophers call qualia? Sheer illusion."


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Eileen Cardillo's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:17 AM

Self as a "center of narrative gravity" and convenient fiction? I'm listening. Anattā on my mind, looking forward to this book from the thinker that almost inspired me to chase down a philosophy degree after becoming a scientist (One of my thesis advisors, Kim Plunkett, dissuaded me with the admonition that to do so would be self-indulgent at that point. Kim's advice never having steered me wrong, I pursued a postdoc instead...and made no time at all to read philosophy on my own. Nine years later and, finally!, finding time).

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Scottish independence: The complication of separation

As Scottish thoughts turn towards a referendum on leaving the United Kingdom, we look at some of the issues requiring resolution before the people vote. Quar...
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Is a democratic surveillance state possible?

Is a democratic surveillance state possible? | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
“The question is not whether we will have a surveillance state in the years to come, but what sort of state we will have.”
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David Cameron should beware the referendum trap

David Cameron should beware the referendum trap | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
Steve Richards: History shows that referendums tend to ruin rather than unify political parties – and have little to do with genuine people power
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Good analysis,  will allow you to avoid the oversimplification that referendums automatically = more improved direct democracy

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EU referendum bill will be debated

EU referendum bill will be debated | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
A Conservative backbencher will introduce a bill paving the way for a referendum on the UK's EU membership.
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good CONTEMPORARY evidence of importance of the PRIVATE MEMBER's BILL for judicious deployment in your imminent Pol2!

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Corporation tax move would have to benefit Treasury - Boris Johnson - BBC News

Corporation tax move would have to benefit Treasury - Boris Johnson - BBC News | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
BBC News
Corporation tax move would have to benefit Treasury - Boris Johnson
BBC News
Devolving the tax powers has all-party support at the NI Executive.
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Ermine Vermin aka unelected peers want to keep lording it over Scots

Ermine Vermin aka unelected peers want to keep lording it over Scots | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
Unelected peers want to keep lording it over Scots
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22 Jan 2013
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ANAS SARWAR'S New Year resolution to stop negative independence campaigning fell by the wayside last week after he dismissed the Scottish Parliament as an elected dictatorship.
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FEW of us can boast of sticking to our New Year Resolutions for more than a few months.But Anas Sarwar MP must get the booby prize for lack of willpower.
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On January 6, the deputy leader of the Labour Party in Scotland vowed that 2013 would see the anti-independence parties abandon negative campaigning.
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“We will be raising the level of debate, ensuring Scotland gets the level of debate it deserves,” he told our sister paper the Sunday Mail.
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Alas, Sarwar’s resolution didn’t see the end of January.
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He fell by the wayside last week during a debate in the House of Commons, when he dismissed the Scottish Parliament as an elected dictatorship.
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But the last Social Attitudes Survey found that the parliament in Edinburgh is trusted by 71 per cent of Scots to act in their interests, compared to just 18 per cent who trust the Westminster system to do the same.
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The Scottish Parliament is elected by proportional representation and reflects how people vote more accurately than Westminster.
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In the last Scottish election in 2011, the SNP got more regional list votes than Labour, Tories and Liberal Democrats taken together – 876,421 compared to 872,998.
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The SNP Government majority in the Scottish Parliament is therefore a fair reflection of the poll.
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Westminster, on the other hand, is ruled by the Tories who only have one Scottish MP.
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Despite that lack of mandate, they impose their will on Scotland as they choose – slashing the benefits of disabled people and the tax credits of the hard-working poor.
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Sarwar’s attack on the Scottish Parliament was echoed by the unelected Lords last week.
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Like he and his fellow unionist MPs, their Lordships are furious that the Scottish Parliament will have the power to hold a vote on independence.
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The titled ones think they should have more of a say – despite being elected by no one.

Have they no humility?
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I am really proud that the SNP have always refused to accept seats in the Lords.
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Baron Foulkes of Cumnock suggested that even if Scots voted Yes they would still need the Lords’ permission to become an independent country.
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The general gist of their argument was that the Scottish Parliament could not be trusted because it has a majority for the SNP.
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Yet somehow London should control the referendum, despite being totally unrepresentative of Scotland.
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The so-called ermine vermin have no sense of irony.

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Gil Fronsdal - The Road Less Taken

Gil Fronsdal gives a short dharma talk on the poem "The Road Less Taken" by Robert Frost from a buddhist perspective.
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Aone of myfavourite Buddhist speakers,  well worth listening to,inspiring, lightly amusing, insightful.

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The importance of public things (Podcast)

The importance of public things (Podcast) | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it

What happens to a democratic world when the things we own in common disappear? We contest with vigour the terms of democracy: who is allowed to vote, how often, how long in between. Meanwhile, the objects of democratic life quietly exit the public stage. Should it worry us? Professor Bonnie Honig argues that democracy is rooted in the common love for, and contestation of, shared objects. Without that citizenship is reduced to private pursuits or public emergencies. Welcome to the return season of The Philosopher's Zone.

 

Source : abc.net.au


Via Yannick Kilberger, Benjamin Evans
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Could help for forthcoming debate

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21/03/2013 Scottish Independence referendum date announced by Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond has announced that the independence referendum will be held on 18 September 2014. The first minister was giving a ministerial sta...
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Will this be the death knell of the "United" Kingdom?

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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet...

The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet... | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel
“The average human brain has a hundred billion neurons and synapses on the order of a hundred trillion or so. But it’s not just sheer...

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Through the complexity of the Internet and the billions of active nodes (computers), are we heading towards an era where the net feels or can even begin acting like a consciousness?

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‘Sterling zone’ claims dismissed by economists

‘Sterling zone’ claims dismissed by economists | Politics, Philosophy,  Psychology | Scoop.it
CLAIMS that the UK would need Scotland to remain in a new “sterling zone” after independence have been dismissed by a series of independent economists.
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