A Level Playing field and the attitudes of the Educational Elite

This is the mindset of the ambitious educational elite: You go to Harvard (or Stanford), maybe to Oxford (or Cambridge) for a Rhodes (or Marshall), then to Goldman (or McKinsey, or TFA), then to Harvard Business School (or Yale Law School), then back to Goldman (or Google), and on and on. You keep doing the…… Continue reading A Level Playing field and the attitudes of the Educational Elite

The reality of American Diplomacy

I’m certainly not an American citizen, The Charity work of Diplomats at Ben Casnocha’s blog looks somewhat into what the foreign service actually does. Certainly they are extremely clever people, and the headline grabbing Wikileaks is definitely bringing up certain important questions however not all the foreign diplomatic work is evil. This applies to all…… Continue reading The reality of American Diplomacy

Singularity in our past

In the Singularity in our past light cone Cosma Shalizi has an excellent discussion of the fact that the ‘singularity’ already happened. I’m referring to the now fashionable discussion of a technological singularity – see ‘the Singularity University’ . If you look at Physics and Mathematics in the very early 20th century, you’ll see a…… Continue reading Singularity in our past

Singularity in our past

http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/weblog/699.html Cosma Shalizi has an excellent discussion of the fact that the ‘singularity’ already happened. I’m referring to the now fashionable discussion of a technological singularity. If you look at Physics and Mathematics in the very early 20th century, you’ll see a huge explosion in work. For Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity to be created…… Continue reading Singularity in our past

What does a Rapist look like?

So what does a rapist look like? Thats the question for this essay to discuss. I’ve been following the Assange and Wikileaks cases very carefully. The superb Feminist columnist Laurie Penny wrote a blog poston Julian Assange’s Rape case. I think there are two disturbing factors in the ‘Julian Assange is a good man and…… Continue reading What does a Rapist look like?

Wikileaks and Power

I’ve recently being following the recent Wikileaks story in a variety of Newspapers and the Website itself. Inconvenient truths have already been revealed in the past, examples include the Pentagon papers and the 1917 Bolshevik release of confidential Russian Documents. These are all seen by some as attacks on imperialism, and it doesn’t seem to…… Continue reading Wikileaks and Power