Monthly Archives: June 2012

This Blog Just Passed 75,000 Hits

Well I guess the milestones can get a bit routine, but this blog just passed its 75,000th hit since it started, and we are hoping at this rate to make 75,000 hits in one year…. Thanks to all our readers … Continue reading

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Modern Day Slavery: 20 Million Slaves World Wide

‘The International Labour Organization estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour globally, trapped in jobs into which they were coerced or deceived and which they cannot leave. Human trafficking can also be regarded as forced labour, and … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin’s Cross-Paths

I am always amazed how much Darwin’s theory of evolution is now so central to biology; without it nothing really makes much sense. I am reading Eric Beinhocker’s marvelous extension of evolutionary theory to economics, ‘The Origins of Wealth‘. Yet, … Continue reading

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Peace in Northern Ireland: the Queen and Martin McGuinness Shake Hands

Well, I never expected to see the picture below: Martin McGuinness (1950-), former (we presume) head of the military branch of the Provisional Irish Republican Army  (IRA or PIRA as the British Army called it rather imperiously), now Deputy First … Continue reading

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America is no longer a land of opportunity

This interesting article by Nobel Prize Winning economist Joseph Stiglitz might throw some more light on the continuing discussion on this blog on the topic of US income inequality and its causes and consequences. See it at: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/56c7e518-bc8f-11e1-a111-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1yrLZIHc5 US inequality is … Continue reading

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Double Loop Learning: Top Ten Conflict Tips on Why It Fails

I have always found Chris Argyris’s (1923-) concept of Double Loop Learning, or learning about how we learn or fail to learn, interesting. Wikipedia defines it as: ‘the concept of double-loop learning (DLL) in which an individual, organization or entity is able, … Continue reading

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First Elegy from the Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

I have always enjoyed the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, though I only read him in translation, especially the marvelous translations of Stephen Mitchell. Here is Stephen’s rendering of the first part of the First Elegy from the Duino Elegies. … Continue reading

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