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10.08.2018

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology II

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology II

Akop P. Nazaretyan.- The faith in posthumous life (first that of other individuals and then of one’s own) has accompanied the history of the Homo genus for more than two million years; in an anthropological version, it radically contributed to the early Homo’s viability [8, 9]. Much later, in the… »

09.08.2018

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology I

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology I

Akop P. Nazaretyan.- Behavioral and psychological difference between the terrorists of the 1990 – 2010s and the ones of the 1950 – 1980s reflects a worldwide trend towards increasingly primitive political thinking. The structure and logic of religious motivations and the literal faith in afterlife rewards make terrorists’ activities more… »

02.08.2018

The Vatican roulette just got an upgrade, but the app may just be another baby factory

The Vatican roulette just got an upgrade, but the app may just be another baby factory

Many years ago (in the BC era, that is, before computers, mobile phones and apps) religious women used to count the days between periods to determine when it was safe to have sex, away from ovulation (which imprecisely happens around the middle of the cycle) in order to avoid pregnancy. »

24.07.2018

291 Million Youth Live With No Electricity, No Computers, No Printers – UN Laments

291 Million Youth Live With No Electricity, No Computers, No Printers – UN Laments

By Shanta Roy NEW YORK (IDN) – When the United Nations commemorated World Youth Skills Day on July 16, there was one strong underlying theme that overshadowed the event. Despite marked progress in the role of youth in a society increasingly characterized by high technology and artificial intelligence, the new… »

21.07.2018

Confront Digital Oligarchs and Defend Net Neutrality

Confront Digital Oligarchs and Defend Net Neutrality

Imagine if Comcast or Verizon or AT&T, or any other “internet service providers” (ISPs), had the authority to decide what websites you could visit, or what video chat program you must use to call friends or family. Imagine if they manipulated the speed that websites load, giving preference to content… »

06.07.2018

California Dreaming: Cannabis Cash, Public Banks—and the State’s Own Mini-Fed?

California Dreaming: Cannabis Cash, Public Banks—and the State’s Own Mini-Fed?

by Ellen Brown originally posted on Truthdig, 03/07/2018   Spurred by the heavily cash-reliant cannabis industry, Los Angeles residents will be the first in the country to vote on a public banking mandate, after the City Council agreed on June 29 to put a measure on the November ballot… »

08.06.2018

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue

By Will Morrow On Friday, Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene announced at a meeting with employees that the company will not renew its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven following its expiry in 2019. Under the program, which Google entered in September last year, the company has provided the… »

07.06.2018

The global scenarios of the 21st century in the light of mega-history

The global scenarios of the 21st century in the light of mega-history

Summary of the first lecture by Akop Nazaretian, in the postgraduate course, “Theoretical Approaches to History”, organized by the Department of Philosophy of the Central University Marta Abreu de las Villas and with the collaboration of the Centre for Humanist Studies Toltecáyotl and the International News Agency Pressenza. The… »

07.06.2018

Why the EU should dismantle Facebook

Why the EU should dismantle Facebook

Felix Arndt, De Montfort University for The Conversation.  Facebook recently announced that it will add a dating app feature to its offering. This will join its portfolio of messaging, event marketing, blogging, instant photography, gaming and a digital marketplace, to name just some of its services. The… »

02.06.2018

Our Energy Problem Is a Quantity Problem

Our Energy Problem Is a Quantity Problem

By Gail Tverberg Reading many of today’s energy articles, it is easy to get the impression that our energy problem is a quality problem—some energy is polluting; other energy is hoped to be less polluting. There is a different issue that we are not being told about. It is the fact that having… »

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