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THE ENLIGHTENMENT – AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS

THE ENLIGHTENMENT – AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS

Originally posted on Pandaemonium:

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‘If I knew something useful to me, and harmful to my family, I would reject it from my mind’, the French Enlightenment philosophe Montesquieu famously  wrote. ‘If I knew something useful to my family and not to my country, I would try to forget it. If I knew something useful to my country, and harmful to Europe, or useful to Europe and harmful to Mankind, I would look upon it as a crime’.

Montesquieu’s sentiment expresses, for Anthony Pagden, the essence of the Enlightenment. In the belief that all humans ‘share a common identity and thus belong ultimately to a single global community – a “cosmopolis”’ lies, he suggests, the Enlightenment’s greatest legacy. The Enlightenment – And Why It Matters is both a history of the period and an argument for the importance of the cosmopolitan ideal.

There is no period of history that has been more analysed, debated, celebrated and disparaged…

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in General News

 

How can you tell when there has been a contribution to knowledge (in a doctoral research study)?

Originally posted on the (research) supervisor's friend:

Doctoral research, by definition, usually involves a contribution to knowledge. This requirement is often made explicit in the various university policies which define the nature of their doctoral degrees.

As an examiner of dissertations, this is one of the elements to which I am alert when examining a dissertation. Given that I have to make a judgement as to whether the dissertation has made a contribution to knowledge, I look for evidence. This evidence not only helps in my decision making, but by alerting research supervisors to the agenda of evidence that I use to establish that a dissertation has made a contribution to knowledge, this draws attention to what they might be looking for when they read their research student’s final draft dissertation before it is submitted to the examiners.

1. The argument that there is a contribution to knowledge.

When a research student reviews the literature related to…

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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in General News

 

See why Ladies Must Stop Wearing Bras

Originally posted on citysplash's Blog:

Over the years, women have always been advised that wearing a bra would keep their breasts from sagging, prevent back pain and improve posture. But it seems the advise is wrong.

There is a new discovery from a new study conducted by Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports medicine specialist from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in Besancon, France. Professor Rouillon revealed that:

Breasts become “dependent” on lingerie support once women start wearing it, meaning that supporting muscle is under-used and degrades more quickly. He said his initial results “validated the hypothesis that the bra is a false necessity” but that he would not advise older women from 45 and above who have relied on bras for several years to stop using them immediately.

“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity,” Rouillon said, “On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.”

Prof. Rouillon’s meticulous research revealed that women…

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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in General News

 

Women Prefer Well-Endowed Men -New Study

Originally posted on citysplash's Blog:

A new study not only shows that women prefer well-endowed men, but suggests this actually may have contributed to the lengthening of penises over time.

“We found that flaccid penis size had a significant influence on male attractiveness,” the University of Ottawa study says.

And, based on that finding, “female mate choice could have played a role in the evolution of the relatively large human male penis.” So guys u know what to do!!

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Posted by on April 5, 2015 in General News

 

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Lead Ground Operation in Yemen, Officials Say

Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Lead Ground Operation in Yemen, Officials Say

Originally posted on TIME:

(SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt) — Egyptian security and military officials say Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes to weaken them.

Three senior officials tell The Associated Press that forces would enter by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from the Red Sea and Arabian Sea. They said Thursday that other nations will also be involved.

They would not specify troop numbers or say when the operation would start, only that it would be after airstrikes weaken the rebels and allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

They say the offensive aims to push the rebels into negotiations on power sharing. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Read next: Why the U.S. Is Fighting Besides Iran in Iraq and Against It in…

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 

Mystery of Germanwings Plane Crash Deepens as Focus on Co-Pilot Intensifies

Mystery of Germanwings Plane Crash Deepens as Focus on Co-Pilot Intensifies

Originally posted on TIME:

Correction appended, March 26, 2015

The motives of the young co-pilot who officials believe slammed the Germanwings plane into a French mountainside on Tuesday remain a mystery more than two days later.

German authorities searched the Dusseldorf home of Andreas Lubitz on Thursday, looking for clues as to why he might have piloted the aircraft into French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Five investigators went “through the apartment, looking for clues as to what the co-pilot’s motivation might have been,” the city’s police spokesman Markuz Diesczery said in televised comments, “if he did indeed bring the plane down.” Authorities were also seen removing bags from a residence believed to belong to his parents in Montabaur.

Earlier in the day, the French prosecutor investigating the deadly crash stunned relatives, officials and much of Europe, by telling reporters in an extraordinarily candid and chilling briefing that Lubitz apparently locked…

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 

Why We May Never Be Certain the Germanwings Crash Was Deliberate

Why We May Never Be Certain the Germanwings Crash Was Deliberate

Originally posted on TIME:

As investigators continue to search for clues about the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, a new theory has emerged: a French prosecutor said on Thursday that the flight’s co-pilot brought the plane down on purpose.

Black box recordings suggest that when the pilot left the cockpit, the co-pilot locked the door and deliberately flew the plane into the mountain, not responding to the pilot’s pounding on the door or, in fact, saying a single word during the descent.

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The shocking revelation may remind observers of another crash, when on Oct. 31, 1999, Egyptair Flight 990 went down on its way from New York City to Cairo. When the black box from that flight was retrieved, this, as per TIME’s recounting, was what was heard:

The cockpit door opens, then closes. Silence. After four or five minutes, a calm voice utters three words in Arabic. “Tawakalt ala Allah”: “I…

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in General News

 
 
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