Two Ways of Being Western: Christianity and Science

Two Ways of Being Western: Christianity and Science

By Johan Galtung Farewell Seminar SCAR, George Mason University, Arlington-VA 6 Dec 2017 • Two basic institutions in Western history and individual lives: Christianity offering Salvation to those following Laws, Commandments, and Science offering Truth to those who believe in scientific laws. After Enlightenment ushered in a godless world, one is waning and the other […]

Culture in Crisis: The Visionary Theories of Pitirim Sorokin

Culture in Crisis: The Visionary Theories of Pitirim Sorokin

  By John S. Uebersax • Pitirim Sorokin, a leading 20th century sociologist, is someone you should know about. Consider this quote of his: The organism of the Western society and culture seems to be undergoing one of the deepest and most significant crises of its life. The crisis is far greater than the ordinary; […]

John Scales Avery – A Life for Global Peace and Development

John Scales Avery – A Life for Global Peace and Development

Portrait of a TFF Associate December 29, 2017 • John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist at the University of Copenhagen. He is noted for his books and research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science.   His 2003 book Information Theory and Evolution set forth the view that the phenomenon of […]

Religion and Peacebuilding

Religion and Peacebuilding

  By Heather Dubois • Religion, after all, is a powerful constituent of cultural norms and values, and because it addresses the most profound existential issues of human life (e.g., freedom and inevitability, fear and faith, security and insecurity, right and wrong, sacred and profane), religion is deeply implicated in individual and social conceptions of […]

The Decline and Fall of Modern Civilization: 8 Simple Steps to Squandering It All

The Decline and Fall of Modern Civilization: 8 Simple Steps to Squandering It All

  By Brandon Marlon Neither are great civilizations built in a day, nor do they collapse all of a sudden. Deterioration is gradual, therefore noticeable. In the Land of Israel, the First Temple was destroyed due to idolatry. The Second Temple was destroyed due to baseless hatred. In the 21st century, the subtler combination of […]

Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations – YouTube

Dr Shashi Tharoor MP – Britain Does Owe Reparations – YouTube

  By Dr. Shashi Tharoor • At Oxford Union in 2015   Jan Oberg comments: Elegant, knowledgeable, witty and – to the point. A delightful way of setting the records straight.

Ethics and empire: an open letter from Oxford scholars

Ethics and empire: an open letter from Oxford scholars

  • A group of Oxford academics has written the below letter following the debate surrounding an article in The Times entitled “Don’t feel guilty about our colonial history” by Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of moral and pastoral theology at the University of Oxford. Via theconversation.com We are scholars who work on histories of empire […]

Metafutures

Metafutures

By Metafutures • Welcome to Metafuture Metafuture is an educational think tank which explores futures-oriented issues. Our approach to futures thinking and practice (theories, methods, tools and processes) is based on the “Six Pillars” model which inquires into alternative and preferred futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Library Free material – published […]

Conversation between Gandhi and Bin Laden

Conversation between Gandhi and Bin Laden

By Bhikhu Parekh Via gandhifoundation.org • If he were alive today, how might Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest apostle of non-violence, challenge Osama Bin Laden’s worldview?  Bhikhu Parekh is Vice-President of The Gandhi Foundation, a professor of political philosophy, a Labour peer, and the author of three books on Gandhi. This article first appeared in Prospect magazine […]

“The Separation Between Orient and Occident Is Entirely Artificial”: Mathias Énard

“The Separation Between Orient and Occident Is Entirely Artificial”: Mathias Énard

Via theculturetrip.com • If there ever were any doubts about the standing of Mathias Énard, the reception garnered by his latest novel Compass ought to disperse them. After the book won him the Prix Goncourt in 2015, its English translation—out last month—was shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize (and garnered glowing reviews in the American press), a distinction outdone days […]