jueves, diciembre 29, 2005

Slowing down to greet the new year.... 

not much happening here in this rural place. Friends are gone back home and the vastness of the town is nice... the silence too and the impact of a good book and a good film, superb!

The book, is one written by Thich Nhat Hanh, "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation". Reminding me to breathe, be present, and mindful by “nourishing the object of my attention”. And that is complex!

Then I gravitate to the television and find an amazing documentary film called “The Corporation”, definitely worth seeing again. There is something about the mix of images, the speakers and entertaining analysis which makes the information palatable…. and their psychological assessment of corporations as “psychopaths” quite effective. A synopsis of the film is available at their webpage http://www.thecorporation.com/

A parallel psychological analysis of virtual communities would also render interesting awareness. I am also enjoying looking at the literature on cyberculture and engaging in deep thought about it. Hope to get fueled into writing soon.

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viernes, diciembre 23, 2005

I am MOST DEFINITELY not into censorship 

and try not to be rigid, dogmatic and gravitate towards the mixing and matching of ideas. That, even to the point of seeing the virtues of supporting "faith based" human services with public funds ... BUT don't push it!

When silencing others and forcing ideas around I go for the separation of religion and state. And that seems to be a trend that was "corrected" this week by Philadelphia's supreme court's decision in ruling against Intelligent Design being taught in the schools.

The article in the Christian Science Monitor explains this issue more thoroughly.

They say:

"Intelligent design holds that nature is so complex that random natural selection, as argued by Charles Darwin in his 1859 theory of evolution, is an inadequate explanation for its evolution. Instead, the natural world must be the work of an unnamed creator."

Here again, it is evident that you can start by exploring the limits of science and religious dogma could go rampant.... as in negating
the "truth" .... in the science of knowledge.

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miércoles, diciembre 21, 2005

Today is officially winter, the shortest day of the year! 

In the Northeast USA. And to keep the light shinning, I'll pass along a card I got by email... included here to share hope and cheer during this holiday season.

(double click on the image to see a larger version)

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viernes, diciembre 16, 2005

"Darwin is the most important person ever to live on earth..... 

he really cracked it... althought he was wrong on heredity... lacking the distinctiveness of Mendel"

just finished watching Charlie Rose interview two amazing scientist from Harvard... James T. Watson (molecular biology)and Edward O. Wilson (biology too). What a treat! to hear mature voices talk with certainty and authority about science while remaining awed by history. They talked about how there are two certain laws: 1. that everything is explained by physics and chemistry (and biology/genetics testing those limits) and 2. how natural selection remains a force in evolution...

a discussion about cultural/genetic evolution kept me standing right by the tv... to make sure that what I knew all along was supported by these priviledged brains... who spoke about the brain (Darwin's citadel "that cannot be taken on direct assault") and how in addition to the seminal discovery of the molecular code. Knowing how we store information in the brain... or what is consciousness would be the next discovery.

they say that the study of biology and psychology its where its at!.... evolutionary psychology! ok, and then to hear how an example about violence makes most sense... that by social pressures there is a natural selection in which violence has been reduced.

the one hour program ended in a reflective mode.. about the true nature of humanity... on "the taming of the human species.... the creation of a just society, when biology is unjust!" definitely food for thought... specially in relation to the issue of creating lesson plans for peace studies... definitely worth addressing evolutionary psychology!

and then I notice that my current read of Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind leads in nicely. I was inspired to read it while reviewing Charlie Badenhop's reading list of the ideas influencing his Seishindo(tm) practice, and after revisiting Alexander Lowen's books on bioenergetic... integrating body and mind.... more later....

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sábado, diciembre 03, 2005

"The leader teaches more through being than through doing. The quality of one's silence conveys more than long speeches.

Be still. Follow your inner wisdom."

Heider, J. (1985) The Tao of Leadership: Leadership Strategies for a New Age. Bantam:NY.

More here

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viernes, diciembre 02, 2005

Surfing blogs I find 

that posts of interest to me have a general pattern deserving distinct examination. And that indeed, while sharing a common theme, editing and posting demands quite a bit of skill. So I decided to break into two posts what I had here as posted in 11/30/2005 and now showing as more current. My templet does not allow for tweaking the date.

Thinking about blogging and the portrayal achieved here in this blog as I go happily linking along and finding patterns of interest. I want to stamp here my appreciation of finding at Askains "The world of the blog" a link for The Work of Jonathan Harris a Real eye candy!I try to stay up-to-date with the Oldaily and from there fly into the wonders of some of its leads to academic blogging. Definitely an interest. There at Blogscholar I find some links to a blog called elsua which puzzles me for a number of reasons; one of which is its being from the Canary Islands (and my finding a curious affinity to my Puerto Rican heritage... as verbalized by my dear professor Luis Fuentes once back from a trip there, would go into great detail about how our Spanish language is mostly influenced by the language spoken at that "small continent" as the blogger labels the place.) I can hear the Spanish influence to the island of PR from the Canary Island as well as from the indigenous influence of the people of Venezuela. That last recognition influenced by an excibit of the indian patterns of migration in the Caribbean presented at the "Instituto de Cultura" in San Juan. But hey--- that is yet another topic... the binds of language.Elsua's blog has interesting comments to articles being published about blogging concerns as in the case of the increase in spam (splogging) as documented in an CNET article and another about the threat of loss of employment due to blogging. The extent of the concern being to the level of a pandemic as the following statement by Tim Bray reads:
"Uh, ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, I think we have an emergency on our hands." -- ongoing

NO KIDDING! My Journey Blog has 466 posts from robots.

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Make feminism yours, durable, rebellious.... 

The halls of academia were packed listening to Sonia Alvarez. A delightful talk. Interesting approach to information sharing. She had a slide show that had nothing to do with her presentation, and passed along documents gathered in various National/International women's gatherings. I was most interested in looking at a book in which she had published a chapter to see how she highlighted and made notes about her reading.

The topic was women organizing through out the world. A historic account of feminist gatherings before and after Beijin. It also signalled the future upcoming gatherings this year, were women in three regions of the world gather at the same time. For the western world the meeting will be in Caracas.

I found it most interesting that the regional and local representation of women worldwide still brings the issue of the "ephemeral, not organic" advocacy and activism. The sophistication of the women's group to follow up on the policy making efforts of the UN was acknowledged as well as the linguistic dominance of English for communication. Also of interest was her acknowledgement that from the east region of the world, Latin America is most western... now, that is interesting! So as Latinos we don't feel integrated to the north, and as westerners we share culture and not language.

The lack of acknowledgement of the internet in the organizing efforts of women through out the world was most baffling. At a private interchange she did lead us to do a google scholar search which under her name renders 397 items!

The email announcing the lecture read:

please circulate

Wednesday, November 30
"Latin American Feminism in Movement: Global Contentions and Translocal Connections"
Sonia Alvarez, Leonard J. Horowitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Studies and director of the Latin American Studies Program at UMASS, Amherst
The final lecture in "Unsustainable Imperialism, Mutinous Feminisms, and Antiracism," Second Annual Women, Race & Culture Lecture Series Fall 2005
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Neilson Browsing Room

Alvarez is an internationally recognized scholar of transnational feminist movements with a focus on Latin America and current president of the Latin American Studies Association and has directed the Hemispheres Dialogues Project. She was a member of the National Advisory Board of the Ford Foundation's Cross Borders Program Initiative. Dr. Alvarez is the author of Engendering Democracy in Brazil: Women's Movements in Transition Politics, and co-editor of The Making of Social Movements in Latin America: Identity, Strategy and Democracy, and Cultures of Politics/Politics of Cultures: Re-visioning Latin American Social Movements. Dr. Alvarez is a member of the international advisory board of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, whose editorial office is based at Smith College.

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