Simon Katterl reviews The Moral Landscape, a book written by neuroscientist, new atheist, public intellectual Sam Harris.
Professor Mark N. Katz was in Moscow last week where he participated in a conference at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (commonly known by its Russian acronym, MGIMO). He did a radio interview with Ekho Moskvy, and talked with many Russian scholars and journalists about the current international situation. Here is a summary of the views he heard from his Russian interlocutors over the course of the week.
Soibal Dasgupta, in response to Alochonaa’s earlier publication ‘What is truth?’, reflects upon his observations of what constitutes the ‘truth’. The author observes that the truth serves multiple practical functions for people across the globe; this ‘truth’ acquired through his traveling experiences. Dasgupta concludes that truth and lies are two faces of the same coin – “either exist both or none”.
Dr. Rene Wadlow, is highlighting for alochonaa.com individuals who have enriched culture and built trans-frontier bridges of understanding. In this wonderful piece, Dr Wadlow looks into the life of Gary Snyder, one of the writers of America’s Beat Generation- a group of liberal writers and poets who changed the American literary landscape forever. In this piece Dr. Wadlow argues that Snyder was influenced by Zen philosophy.
Ever since the dreadful case of rape of a 23 year old girl in the capital of the biggest democracy in the world in 2012, the security and position of women in the global south are being discussed vividly, as the development of a nation in the contemporary times not only depends upon its economic power but also on its human development index. However, what is often ignored is that the local day to day traditions are the evidence of a woman’s position in a society as the same cannot improve overnight. This article makes an analysis of the position of women in one of the relatively dominant and better off Asian nations:Japan, and shows that economic empowerment is not often the measure of social conditions, specially when it comes to women. It is the social traditions, which define this crucial parameter and hence only a change in our thought process will help.
Rudolf Ondrich argues that media reporting on terrorism, far from being unbiased and impartial, helps to propagate elite governmental interests. The result of this is media coverage that wildly distorts the actual factual record. In order to establish his point, Rudolf applies the propaganda model coined in by Edward Herman and Noam Chomesky on three case studies: (a) Israeli attack on Gaza Strip in 2009, (b) US backed genocide in Nicaragua in early 80s and (c) US-led war against Iraq in the aftermath of the 9/11.