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17 Sep 14 - Society Philosophy News

Culture, not colour, is the heart of Aboriginal identity
Questions about the right of people of mixed-race to identify as Aboriginal are often raised by the settler colonial society. The most notorious example was in 2011 when Andrew Bolt wrote a column in the Herald Sun questioning the ... Family, kinship ...

Art as Therapy? Art as Patriarchy!
Art as Therapy at Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) promises to “challenge visitors to examine assumptions about themselves, society, and how art is viewed in galleries”. And it would be right to call it ... Like much of the work produced ...

Tolerance is more than putting up with things – it's a moral virtue
Based on its Latin origin, tolerance, or toleration as philosophers often refer to it, is most commonly viewed negatively as “putting up with” something we dislike or even hate.

Technological thinking gives us a narcissistic mindset, cut off from 'the ...
I threw in the idea that Nietzsche saw himself as a kind of physician, healing a sick society. Nietzsche's Zarathustra, after all, came down from the mountain and preached in the marketplace.

Why I Hope to Die at 75
It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us.

The planning chief who says garden cities can solve the housing crisis
... the idea of new garden cities as a solution to the housing crisis. This is a victory for Kate Henderson, the 34-year-old chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), which has been consistently campaigning for the creation ...

Free your mind – but are there ideas we shouldn't contemplate?
Her judgement seems to display a dogmatic close-mindedness to the free thinking that philosophy typifies, and an intolerant disposition toward different ideas.

Lloyd Rees: The Final Interview
He was completing a lithograph to present to the Wilderness Society, making studies for more paintings, but his failing eyesight was his despair.

Parties favour Fair Vote Canada philosophy
Green Party riding association president Robert Fishlock said the 8% of voters for whom the environment is a top priority should have input into political decisions, rather than being disengaged because their votes don't count.

Our Age Need Rebels of Love: The Christian Church is the Real Counterculture
My return to the Catholic Church as a young man was propelled by my search for truth and a desire to build a counter culture which embraced values different than the inhuman materialism, nihilism, lack of solidarity, violence and idolatry I saw all ...

Philosopher John Searle to deliver Indiana University Patten Lectures
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- John Searle, a leading philosopher of the mind, language and society, will present the first Patten Lectures of the 2014-15 academic year on Sept.

If Greed Is Good, Why Is Insider Trading Bad?
It may seem surprising, given the widespread repudiation of insider trading in polite society, but not everyone agrees. “[I]t's essential that capital reach the best, most growth-enhancing ideas as quickly as possible,” John Tamny, ... That idea had ...

Eminent domain abuse erodes property rights and liberty
WASHINGTON, September 17, 2014 - American political philosophy is largely based on the belief that free markets and the protection of private property rights are intrinsically tied to other freedoms.

Media Portrayal of Physician Assisted Suicide Does Not Address the Purpose of ...
The philosophy animating the right-to-die movement is that life's value is measured only by material standards. Once those standards are no longer being met, then life is no longer worth living ... If our society adopts the notion that the terminally ...

Guns, drugs and freedom: the great dark net debate
Their colleague, Paul Sylverson, a mathematician with a PhD in philosophy from Indiana University, had been working for the US Navy to find a way to use the internet anonymously.

Joe Biden Sorry for Calling Unscrupulous Lenders 'Shylock'
... tolerant an individual as is Vice President Joe Biden uses the term 'Shylocked' to describe unscrupulous moneylenders dealing with servicemen and women, we see once again how deeply embedded this stereotype about Jews is in society,” Foxman said.

Why and How Should We Build a Basic Income for Every Citizen?
The people in this society all need to pay individually for housing, transportation, health care, food, clothing, furniture, appliances, utilities, smart phones, Internet, entertainment, hobbies, insurance, taxes, etc.

This is the root of New Zealand's social ills
That research was grounded in a philosophy that still holds considerable sway in New Zealand social policy, despite the massive changes in our economy and social structure.

Behind the Uproar Over Israeli Reservists Who Refuse To Spy on Palestinians
Their protest shocked Israeli society and generated condemnation from across the Jewish political spectrum, including the mainstream dovish opposition.

'Red Band Society' could be a potential fall TV surprise
The youthful patients in Red Band Society always are up to shenanigans. The general philosophy is pointed out in the first episode: "When you're a kid in the hospital, you have the place wired.

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