To track down a theory of everything, we might have to accept that the universe only exists when we’re looking at it”!
The continuing evolution of humankind – from Homo sapien to Homo interneticus – ‘The Virtual Revolution’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00r3qhg/The_Virtual_Revolution_Homo_Interneticus/
Matthew Parris presents the biographical series in which his guests choose someone who has inspired their lives. Professor Richard Dawkins explains why he believes Bill Hamilton to have been one of the greatest evolutionary theorists of the 20th century. Dr Mary Bliss offers expert advice.
Global Finances (PIGS – Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain). Nothing is secure: politics and social science is in charge of your money! Money Box BBC Radio 4 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8499699.stm Debt concerns affect global stock markets. Global shares have fallen sharply this week as investor concerns about some European governments’ debt levels continue to grow. Indices in London, New York and Tokyo fell by more than 3% despite a surprise fall in the US unemployment rate. A lack of demand for Portuguese government bonds reignited fears that countries such as Portugal and Greece may struggle to service their growing national deficits. Money Box talks to Gillian Tett, an assistant editor at the Financial Times. IMF – “The UK should be seen in the same category of countries as Greece and Spain, who are facing severe debt problems, a leading economist has said.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8503090.stm And http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/money_box “A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating concepts of a general order of existence and clothing these concepts with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic” Clifford Geertz. The moods and motivations in men (women) have been destroyed and undermined by top heavy, disconnected and incompetent (FSA – Revenue & Customs, Immigration, so on…) government. “Thousands of steel workers are to be balloted over strike action in protest at the mothballing of part of the Corus plant in Redcar on Teesside.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8524208.stm The Peoples Economic War On Greed – Latvian ‘Robin Hood’ hacker leaks bank details to TV – An alleged hacker has been hailed as a latter-day Robin Hood for leaking data about the finances of banks and state-owned firms to Latvian TV. And, “although the total value of these bonuses is less than half the £2.7bn paid by Barclays, RBS’s bonuses are more controversial because the bank is 84% owned by taxpayers.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8533641.stm http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/robertpeston/2010/02/government_approves_13bn_of_rb.html
BBC 2 TV, Enemy of the State? “Twenty years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, Dr Aleks Krotoski looks at how it is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. Joined by some of the Web’s biggest names – including the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, and the web’s inventor – she explores how far the Web has lived up to its early promise. Here, Aleks charts how the Web is forging a new brand of politics, both in democracies and authoritarian regimes. With contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and YouTube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers. Yet, at the same time, the Web’s openness enables hardline states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qsbvv And https://secure.wikileaks.org/
Religious Education (RE) Dorset For You. SALED, NASACRE, SACRE. RE Search – Agreed Syllabus. http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/Religious%20Education%20^5RE^6%20Dorset%20For%20You.%20SALED^J%20NASACRE^J%20SACRE.%20RE%20Search%20-%20Agreed%20Syllabus^2docx
Professor Amartya Sen. Nobel Prize Winner.
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“Children as young as five are being targeted in a new online safety campaign by the UK body charged with protecting children from abuse.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8499356.stm Kids watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK5OeGeudBM Catholic Church and Sex Education UK. “There is no opt-out for any faith school from teaching the full, broad, balanced curriculum on sex and relationship education and that is a huge step forward.” Mr Balls added: “Every school will have to teach the full curriculum in a balanced way that respects equality and is not discriminatory, but of course what we are saying is they can explain the views of their faith. “Catholic schools can say to their pupils that, as a religion, we believe contraception is wrong, but what they can’t do is therefore say they are not going to teach about contraception.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8533235.stm And, Oh-Dear! The ‘sex-experts’ (Sexperts), “As the Roman Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the penitential rites of Lent, during which the faithful beg forgiveness for their sins, an unprecedented act of private penance has been held behind closed doors at the Vatican.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8519036.stm
“Cadbury’s new owner, Kraft, says it plans to close the company’s Somerdale factory in Keynsham, near Bristol.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8507066.stm America’s Impending Master Class Dictatorship. By GB. (Remember to multiply this amount by every person in your household, including any infant children.) If the common people suspect that something diabolical was in the works, a portion of the $32 trillion in non-elite wealth could be evacuated as … Throughout history, the type of situation in which America now finds itself has been a fertility factory for tyranny. The odds of an outright overthrow of the people by the Washington and Wall Street Axis, or more broadly, … http://garybryan.blogspot.com/2010/01/americas-impending-master-class.html Britains’ 1% of the population own 21% of the wealth http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=2 The Nobel Savage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage Who Owns Britain? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Owns-Britain-Ireland-Kevin-Cahill/dp/1841953105 Very smelly http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2324.entry “The world is losing its human dimension,” he says, “Self-propelling mega-machines, large-scale enterprises, faceless governments and other juggernauts of impersonal power represent the greatest threat to our present day world: Totalitarianism is no more than an extreme expression of this threat.” Vaclav Havel. Cuts – most vulnerable and future progress – politics and short-termism. Ref, War On UK Banks, bailout and bonuses, so on… LLOYDS Banking Group staff are intimidating victims of the recession who have fallen behind on loan payments, an investigation by The Sunday Times has found. Workers at Lloyds debt recovery department were secretly tape-recorded saying they would “put the frighteners on” and “f***” customers who owed the bank money. http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/banking_and_finance/article6078489.ece http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8491729.stm “The UK economy is facing more redundancies, with substantial cuts expected in the public sector, a report has found.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8515257.stm “Continuing global economic growth “is not possible” if nations are to tackle climate change, a report by an environmental think-tank has warned.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8478770.stm The Fraudulent Promise http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2531.entry
Bad weather at Cape Canaveral, Florida, has prevented the US space agency from launching its latest Sun probe. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8506140.stm
Why do a lot of young people self-harm? Young people & self harm – Child Development Centre, Poole General Hospital http://www.selfharm.org.uk/Article.aspa?PageId=255&NodeId=259 Moved to: http://selfharm.atticmedia.com/Article.aspa?PageId=255&NodeId=249 And, Margaret Singer Ph.D. “Six Conditions for Thought Reform”. “A new hard hitting advertising campaign starts today to help reduce the number of teenage girls who suffer domestic violence at the hands of their boyfriends. It comes after NSPCC researchers found an alarming number of youngsters believe physical and emotional abuse is normal within relationships.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8515631.stm And, be aware of, Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment Working on: Global Gullibility ‘For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything”, and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust.’ http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf Global Gullibility Index.
“Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas – no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith. In short, children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense. And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children’s teeth out or lock them in a dungeon.” ‘What Shall We Tell The Children?’ ‘Amnesty Lecture’ Oxford – Nicholas Humphrey. http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html And http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 And http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1247.entry Word doc http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/Why%20do%20a%20lot%20of%20young%20people%20self-harm.docx
‘Money in Muck’, ref, ‘In the Citadel of Self’, “Once that was thought (by nearly everyone) to be believed, as the true reality – without; has now, and had to – turn within”. “The Church of England’s ruling body will close its meeting with a call for more recognition of the compatibility of religious belief with science.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8511951.stm Science or technology (two separate matters) science = knowledge, and technology = application of science – “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to 20%.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8510451.stm “A few scientists follow their religious beliefs rather than the scientific method. Biological evolution is just one of the most important of many broad issues on which substantially all working scientists agree. There may be a few persons with scientific credentials who disagree, but they do not contribute to the progress that is the hallmark of science. It is not simply that these dissenters are wrong, because wrong answers can sometimes stimulate controversy that helps lead to correct answers.” Rather, as the physicist Wolfgang Pauli liked to say, “They are not even wrong. That is, their arguments are useless and even detrimental to the pursuit of further knowledge.” http://cabalamat.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/superstition-schools-teach-superstition/
Notes Of Dads 1. A Pyramid Of The Degrees Or Levels Or States Of Consciousness Towards Knowledge – Anomy – Stratified Society – Target Grey – Explorers.
This notebook is intended to be a selection of various notes I have made over the years – say the last 10 years, in five reporters notebooks, and in my brown loose-leaf notebook.
IMPORTANT NOTES FROM A NOTE BOOK BY DAD (1980’s approx)
Idea for a book called ‘Target Grey’, or ‘The Gutter and The Stars’, or ‘Other Works’.
My idea of how society is constructed :
Target Grey refers to that small number of people lying between – ‘Reactors’ and ‘Explorers’.
Vis add : ‘The Kingdom or the Darkness’ Monod. See, ‘The Primitive Mind’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Monod
“Civilization, we may say, has advanced only at the cost of a struggle between science and superstition, working on the intelligence of the participants, a struggle of whose progress the legal status of torture and the social status of astrology, might serve as indicators.
Advanced societies, therefore are so stratified as to keep the primitive mind in a subordinate position. In this way individual responsibility and the rules of evidence, allow with fluctuating success the development of law and the organisation of knowledge and all that follows from these practises”. ‘The Little Universe of Man’ Professor C.D.Darlington.
1) ‘Target Grey’ is a fair ‘target’. They require a lead into knowledge
2) Those Explorers and above Target Grey. Do not need a lead into knowledge.
3) Those below (Target Grey) will not wish to know or care what you are writing about anyway! They require no lead and do not want knowledge!
4) I know from experience in Education that those in the ‘Grey’ area are Frustrated Secret Explorers.