Why Are Beggars Despised? by George Orwell

Sandra Druschke (CC BY 2.0) by Marcie Gainer via Reddit (r/books): It is worth saying something about the social position of beggars, for when one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them. People seem to feel that there is some essential difference between beggars and ordinary “working” men. They are a race apart–outcasts, like criminals and prostitutes. Working men “work,” beggars do not “work”; they are parasites, worthless in their very nature. It is taken for granted that a beggar does … Continue reading Why Are Beggars Despised? by George Orwell

Paedophilia: Everybody’s Business

One in six people are survivors of child sex abuse. It’s time to stop responding hysterically, says a leading sociologist, and adopt sensible and effective strategies. by Sarah Goode | Researcher and author of ‘Understanding and Addressing Adult Sexual Attraction to Children’ and ‘Paedophiles in Society’ If research is right, 20% of men are capable of feeling sexual arousal to children below the legal age of consent. That is an eye-opening statistic. One in five men: in this country, that’s around six million men. This claim is backed up by eight different studies conducted between 1970 and 2006 in Europe … Continue reading Paedophilia: Everybody’s Business

Truth and Reality

The truth is important to all of us. But how can we know which truths really matter? by James Williams | Professor of Philosophy at University of Dundee It is well known that in his masterwork, Difference and Repetition, Gilles Deleuze argues for extending the concept of ‘true’ with the concept of ‘interesting’. It is less well known, but perhaps more important, that he claims we should not confuse the real with the actual. Instead, we must expand the real to include the virtual, which can be understood, initially, as latent abstract potential, where abstract means potential not strictly associated … Continue reading Truth and Reality

Does God Exist?

Can belief ever rid us of the problem of evil? Or must the devil always get the last laugh? by Stephen Law | Philosopher at Heythrop College, University of London Welcome to Eth, a small planet circling a medium sized star on the far side of this galaxy. It’s standing room only in Eth’s Great Chamber as the debate of the age is about to take place. Eth’s greatest intellectuals are trying finally to settle whether or not God exists.  Garglefroth Blart, Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Eth’s most prestigious university, is involved in vigorous debate with his opponent, Bogubus … Continue reading Does God Exist?

Explorers of Higher Dimensions: The Power of Active Consciousness

by Amy L. Lansky, PhD, Guest, Waking Times [The following is excerpted from Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within by Amy L. Lansky, PhD (R.L.Ranch Press, 2011)] At each moment of time—the Now—you stand at the gateway to an infinite number of possible futures in higher dimensional space. This gateway is the Choice Point. Some of these futures are more likely to occur than others. If you do nothing, one of these probable futures will play itself out in a fairly predictable, even mechanistic way. But as a conscious being, you also have the ability to affect how the future unfolds. Your … Continue reading Explorers of Higher Dimensions: The Power of Active Consciousness

New Frank Zappa Album Released

BY SAMMY STEIN Frank Zappa – Dance Me This(2015) Dance Me This, an album Frank Zappa was working on before his death in December 1993, has become his 100th release — bringing to a close the legacy of this visionary musician that began in 1966 with Freak Out from the Mothers of Invention. The title track on Dance Me This starts the album, and is a structured piece, filled with sound from the bass, voice-box and keys. It gradually builds, creating a flowing line of sound which abruptly ceases. “Pachuco Gavotte” is a light and bouncy number with off-beat rhythms … Continue reading New Frank Zappa Album Released

The Greek crisis is a far greater threat than Tunisia’s breakdancing gunman

by Michael White Despite the shocking events at Sousse’s Marhaba beach, we should keep calm and carry on, as this is the last thing Isis wants When we use the dismissive term “cheap PR stunt” we do not normally have in mind a dreadful beach massacre, a slaughter in a Kuwaiti mosque or a murderous bid to blow up a French provincial factory. But that is what Friday’s triple horrors essentially were. They were cheap in the literal sense that, whatever coordinating hand was at work in Tunisia, Kuwait and France, it did not cost Islamic State strategists much in terms … Continue reading The Greek crisis is a far greater threat than Tunisia’s breakdancing gunman