Silvia Swinden

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

23.11.2017

The beginning of The End of Prehistory

The beginning of The End of Prehistory

There are few moments when in the midst of what appears to be the hopeless political situation of a dehumanised society something unexpected happens, something that shows that at least some people have managed to wake up from the hypnotic dream induced by the prevailing system. It happened in Bolivia,… »

14.11.2017

The twilight of the (pseudo)idols and the dawn of the Internal Guide

The twilight of the (pseudo)idols and the dawn of the Internal Guide

Few times I felt when reading the works of a philosopher the ire and venom distilled by Nietzsche in The Twilight of the Idols. Here we have a very angry thinker, I mused. My mistake was, of course, to assume that philosophers are intellectually and emotionally detached people. I was… »

05.11.2017

Beyond “Ps & Qs”. The profound wonder of thankfulness

Beyond “Ps & Qs”. The profound wonder of thankfulness

“Whenever you find great strength, joy, and kindness in your heart, or when you feel free and without contradictions, immediately be internally thankful. When you find yourself in opposite circumstances, ask with faith, and the gratitude you have accumulated will return to you transformed and amplified in benefit.” Silo’s wise… »

30.10.2017

From Balfour to Netanyahu and Hamas: 100 years of mutual dehumanisation

From Balfour to Netanyahu and Hamas: 100 years of mutual dehumanisation

In spite of the British Government’s plans for an enthusiastic celebration of the Balfour Declaration’s 100th anniversary due on the 2nd of November, the date also commemorates the beginning of what is known as the most intractable conflict in today’s world. The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by… »

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… »

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