- LOONY TUNES no. 175 - *1* *Farzana Aslam, *associate director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and principal lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the *University of Hon...
- Trying to deal with the resentment one faces from others - “This human being is a guest house. Every morning there is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected ...
- A new interdependence has emerged - September 29, 2016 Dear fellow Sadhaks, Greetings from Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida Branch. Summary of activities held in September 2016 On the 1st Saturday...
Friday, September 30, 2016
An interview with Constance Kassor - Constance Kassor is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University and also affiliate faculty with the Rangjung Yeshe Institute’s Online L...
What advice would you give to students wishing to pursue the study of Indian philosophy?
Devote the time and effort to learning languages as soon as possible, and spend as much time as you can with scholars in India. Even if you’re a textualist, you will benefit immensely from your time “in the field.”
We are starting to see more dialogue and discussion among scholars of Asian and Western philosophical traditions, and I hope to see that continue. Departmental divisions seem to be a necessary evil in the academy, with many institutions creating divisions between, for example, Philosophy Departments and Religion Departments. I am fortunate to be working at a university where interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged, and I hope to see more of that trend in other institutions in the future.
I’m also reading a lot of comic books (strictly for research purposes, of course): Ms. Marvel, Lucifer, and Manga inspired by the Aum Shinrikyo group are things that I’ve been looking at lately, all of which deal with religious ideologies in different ways.
Previous interviews in this occasional series:
Buy Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness by Imants Baruss (ISBN: 9781433822773 ) from ... The explanation of how this “sea change” has come about is the theme of Transcendent Mind.
Erin A. Smith - 2015 - Religion
Mark J. Koenig, “Mindless and Pathetic,” Review of The Late Great Planet Earth, Amazon.com, 16 May 2000, ... in the late 1990s by the Left Behind novels marks a sea change in “popular prophetic ...
Some thoughts on Leshem’s Origins of Neoliberalism - Early this summer, I received an unsolicited review copy of Dotan Leshem’s Origins of Neoliberalism: Modeling the Economy from Jesus to Foucault — true pro...
Agamben focuses on the formative moment of Christian economic thought (Pauline and proto-orthodox), whereas Leshem focuses on developments within established orthodoxy itself. When we add Mondzain’s account of the decisive role of economic thought in the iconoclastic controversy, we wind up with a fairly comprehensive view of the role of oikonomia in pre-modern Christian thought. This is not to downplay the very real differences between the authors’ approaches, of course — a truly comprehensive account has yet to be written, but it will need to start with the labors of these three.
I learned a great deal from Leshem’s study, which in many ways does a better job of following up in detail on Foucault’s suggestions about the role of Christian pastoral in forming modern subjectivity. He also deals much more closely with Arendt, who is claimed as a major source of the Homo Sacer series but mostly stays in the background. His study is based around the “human trinity” of economic, political, and philosophical, and the text is punctuated by helpful diagrams illustrating how this trinity keeps getting reconfigured over time.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Does rice lead to interdependence and socialism? Can wheat inspire the rise of individualism and capitalism?
In comparison, the study says, wheat is easier to grow. “Wheat does not need to be irrigated, so wheat farmers can rely on rainfall, which they do not coordinate with their neighbors. Planting and harvesting wheat certainly takes work, but only half as much as rice. The lighter burden means farmers can look after their own plots without relying as much on their neighbors.”
Posted by Anoop Verma at 11:58 AM
[It is known fact that children born out of cousin marriages have average lower IQ.] ~NK https://t.co/LiG1vhUX0x
[first cousin marriage is being followed in Hindu “lower caste” society. So lower IQ people in lower caste, not entirely due to their race.]
- Why Ayn Rand will always remain on the fringe, as a pop-capitalist. No serious policy work can be based on her intuitions. on
Ayn Rand did go to some extremes, on occasion. She is very good at an intuitive level but remains only tangentially relevant to the actual governance of any society because she has very poor foundations in the theories of economics, nor a sense of economic history or political history.
She thought she had invented something new. Actually not. There were many precedents to her way of thinking, and many people had gone into much greater depth on a number of issues. She – being ignorant and arrogant in many ways – couldn’t understand them and simply trashed their views.
Ayn Rand was a promoter of pop capitalism; and a very good one at that. But no, no one should base their ideas on serious and complicated issues based on her views.
Friedman, Mises, Hayek, Buchanan, etc. operated on an entirely different plane which she could not even begin to grasp.
Ayn Rand operated on intuition, not on analysis. Her intuitions were mostly right. Her problem is that since she is not constrained by the reality of actual governance, she went off on many a tangent, making her essentially irrelevant to the actual governance of any society.
You definitely need to understand serious economics before bringing Ayn Rand into the picture. She brought no new insight into economics, nor understood the concept of economic analysis.
Just like no textbook on philosophy will acknowledge Rand, so also no textbook in economics will do so. Her problem was that her intuition was good but she repeatedly failed in the rigorous analysis of anything. Her views on taxation are a joke. Her support for bribery of government by businesses is contemptible.
Rand has a place in life, mainly to give a shock to people smitten by socialism. But she has no solutions for the real world.