The new apple product exists. It’s had projected existence for months in the form of internet speculation. But now, it’s real. “The future is here”. “It’s the next iphone”. It will transform the way we relate with the internet, the way we communicate, the way we integrate technology into our life (doesn’t that phrase sound […]
Read More Arrival of the Future: Part 4 of 3 – On the release of Apple’s Ipad
I’m considering the possibility of hosting a weekly or bi-weekly film club night. There are a series of films I want to watch, or re-watch, and it’s easier to make time to do these things if one commits to a social engagement. This preliminary list includes films which I feel I’ve learned from, and which […]
Read More Potential Bi-Weekly Film Club?
CHOMSKY: Rawls’s “difference principle” is reasonable, but hardly a theory. Other moral principles are reasonable too: e.g., the principle of universality that underlies all of “just war theory”: if something is right (or wrong) for us, it’s right (or wrong) for others. It follows that if it’s wrong for Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, and a long […]
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This British coverage calls into question many assumptions western newspapers are making about the relief effort. Especially of interest is an interview with a former Haitian defense minister.
Read More Disputes over US control of Aid to Haiti
I went to a talk yesterday in the Fine Arts department about the role of Art in the development of sustainable lifestyles. The talk was given by Benn Todd – the president of the Arcola theatre in East London, and the topic was basically what that theatre does, its history, and its future. Todd is […]
Read More Art leading Culture – On Sustainability as a Secondary Effect
This footage really interests me. It’s beautiful, it’s long, it’s continuous. It’s over 7 hours long. It’s been made available for free, under a creative commons license. Now, I tend to have simple ideas, or at least ideas which don’t require a lot of work – and my idea here is to display it as […]
Read More Norwegian Train Film – a moving photograph?
Principle (classical liberalism) – no one should work on command. Who is “one” – humans capable of mutual recognition, moral conflict, ethical life. Animals are more free (with respect to each other) than a human incapable of mutual recognition. Freedom is not ability to carry out my contingent desires (Mill), but rather ability to recognize […]
Read More Working notes – Animal Liberation
1. Distinguish between two kinds of moral relations. – Call one “ethical”. This kind of moral relation is based upon mutual recognition. It involves recognition of the rights of others and our duties towards them, and vice versa. It is the basis of contract. – Call another “moral a-ethical”. This kind of relation is based […]
Read More Working notes – What is the appropriate ethical relationship, as a human, to non-human animals?
Inspired by a film Milan made about his bus trip, I made my own travel films during my cross Canada journey on the train. It isn’t very good, but, it is at least quite long. There is quite a lot of footage of scenery, as well as self-interviews – which don’t make very much sense. […]
Read More Canadian Railway Journey – poorly edited travel films