Worldviews

Assault against "Habeas Corpus" by the Berlusconi Government


The Berlusconi government has launched an assault against fundamental rights of individual freedom. They are going to decide a law in the senate and then in the "camera dei deputati" with the working title "testo unificato sul testamento biologico". A "testamento biologico" is a last will, anyone can write down defining what he or she wants in case of incidents or terminal illness when not beeing more able to decide.

Isabelle Stengers: Spekulativer Konstruktivismus

Merve Verlag: ISBN 978-3-88396-246-7

Aus dem Vorwort von Bruno Latour:

"Sicher koennten unsere Gesellschaft und Sprache, unser Verstand und Gehirn die Ursache fuer ein Missverstaendis sein, aber der Hauptpartner, der nach den Quellen von Ungewissheiten befragt werden muss, ist die Komplexitaet der Welt, die nicht draussen wartet und sich selbst nicht gleich bleibt."

Is this culturally relevant?

Following an article in the "Spiegel"  59% of all Spanish people believe in God in a traditional sense, 18% are not believers at all, whereas 74% of all Italians do believe in God in a tradional sense, whereas only 6 % are  not believers.  The numbers come from a survey conducted by the EC, 4 years ago.

What I liked: Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech mentioned non believers on the same level as Christians, Muslims, Jews and others.

The comprehensible cosmos

Citing Kip Thorne:

Throughout this book, I shall adopt, without apology, the view that there does exist an ultimate set of physical laws (which we do not as yet know but which might be quantum gravity), and that those laws truly do govern the Universe around us, everywhere. They force the Universe to behave the way it does.

Then commenting on that Stenger says:

IX. Science of Ethics

This refers to chapter IX of Russells book "Religion and Science"
Russell points out in this chapter that Ethics is based on values and that these values are purely individual psychological desires and there is nothing to do about proving what is better.  There is no "Good", no "Beautiness" no "Pleasure" that is absolute or common
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I do not agree completely with this position:

Farming pays!

I am just back from dinner. I am literally alone on the ILRI campus here in Nairobi. I went to the Bar to have dinner. I was the only one to be present. As compensation I had a very interesting chat with the waiter, a young Kenyan student. He is studying Turism at Kenyatta University and he is just about to get his degree. He is financing his survival by working as a waiter at ILRI, but this would not be enough to pay also the University fees, which are 20,000 KSH/year (this is about 260 USD, but he mentioned 1000 USD) Whatsoever!

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