Silvia Swinden

Silvia Swinden - Author of “From Monkey Sapiens to Homo Intentional: The Phenomenology of the Nonviolent Revolution” – Adonis & Abbey, London 2006

12.10.2017

What are we commemorating on Oct 12th? Discovery or genocide?

What are we commemorating on Oct 12th? Discovery or genocide?

The only fact more or less accepted is that Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean arriving in the Americas on that date in 1492. Not the first European, the Vikings beat him to it, but believing he had found a way to India he spearheaded the colonisation of one culture… »

08.10.2017

Film review: Blade Runner 2049

Film review: Blade Runner 2049

The follow up to the 1982 dystopian Science Fiction film Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott and set in Los Angeles in 2019 (now oh so close), has hit the movie theatres to great critical acclaim. It takes place 30 years after the first instalment and those who watch it… »

05.10.2017

Jeremy Corbyn response to Prime Minister May “more of the same” speech

Jeremy Corbyn response to Prime Minister May “more of the same” speech

It´s the UK party Conferences season, Labour had it before the Conservatives but the leaders speeches might as well be seen in reverse. Here is the “response” Jeremy Corbyn MP gives to Theresa May PM´s attempt to appear more caring but in reality representing the same policies of austerity and… »

23.09.2017

Big Data v Intentionality

Big Data v Intentionality

‘To err is human but to make a real mess you need a computer.’ Pressenza reported recently how algorithms used by social media were creating fake news without human intervention. Not the only cybercock up. ‘Instagram uses ‘I will rape you’ post as Facebook ad in latest algorithm mishap’:… »

23.09.2017

London: First woman statue for Parliament Square

London: First woman statue for Parliament Square

The square opposite the Houses of Parliament will have next year a new statue, the first of a woman to accompany statues of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Churchill, also the first designed by a woman, to celebrate 100 years of the Representation of the People Act, that gave the vote… »

18.09.2017

Meaning and happiness

Meaning and happiness

An interesting exercise about what constitutes happiness consists of first remembering a bad moment, and see how was the communication with others, how we saw the future and how much faith we had in ourselves and others and then remembering a good moment and observe the same parameters. It turns… »

10.09.2017

Stephen Hawking v. the destroyers of the UK National Health Service

Stephen Hawking v. the destroyers of the UK National Health Service

‘Stephen Hawking has accused ministers of damaging the NHS, blaming the Conservatives in a passionate and sustained attack for slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatisation, demoralising staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support. ‘The renowned 75-year-old physicist was speaking to promote an address he will give… »

05.09.2017

Solidarity rather than ‘Lord of the flies’ is the default reaction

Solidarity rather than ‘Lord of the flies’ is the default reaction

Paranoia-mongers and arms manufacturers surely love the post-apocalyptic films and TV series about people and towns fighting one another with deadly weapons in order to gain or defend their resources. Whether the scene is set in the present or a distant future, after a nuclear war, an invasion by zombies… »

15.08.2017

War is a marketing exercise for the Arms Trade: confirmed by declassified documents.

War is a marketing exercise for the Arms Trade: confirmed by declassified documents.

In 2006, I wrote in “From monkey sapiens to homo intentional, the Phenomenology of the nonviolent revolution” the following paragraph related to the reasons to invade Iraq: “…organise a marketing exercise in which new weapons could be displayed (in action) in order to support the lagging arms trade, affected by… »

12.08.2017

Marry-the-rapist law defeated in Jordan

Marry-the-rapist law defeated in Jordan

“Jordan’s parliament has repealed a provision in its penal code that allowed a rapist to escape punishment if he married his victim, the AP reports. Cheers erupted from the spectators’ gallery as legislators narrowly voted on Tuesday to scrap controversial Article 308. The vote came after an emotional debate in… »

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