Some Thoughts About ‘the Western Tradition’ (& other traditions in general)
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
2M ago
I would be interested in any comments. -1. There is no single ‘Western tradition’, but rather a complex mix of various traditions, and the particular aspects of those traditions which are presented as ‘Western’ will vary on who is presenting them: e.g. a deeply religious Christian and a secular intellectual would likely choose quite different aspects of those traditions from each other, as would a political conservative, a liberal, and a radical. Each would have their own understanding of what was important, and what to ignore. -2. Like all other intellectual traditions in the world, the Weste ..read more
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Causes of death in richer and poorer countries
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
4M ago
I just came across this set of figures in Wikipedia (‘List of causes of death by rate’) which show very clearly the contrast between poorer and richer countries in terms of the major causes of death. I have starred those causes which appear on both lists. Top causes of death, according to the World Health Organization report for the calendar year 2001: Causes of death in developing countries Number of deaths Causes of death in developed countries Number of deaths HIV-AIDS 2,678,000 Ischaemic heart disease * 3,512,000 Lower respiratory infections * 2,643,000 Cerebrova ..read more
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On inter-religious tensions
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
4M ago
Excerpt from a Judgment of the Supreme Court of India dated 24 October 1994 regarding inter-religious tensions: It may be said that ‘fundamentalism and pluralism pose the two challenges that people of all religious traditions face’; and “to the fundamentalists, the borders of religious certainty are tightly guarded; to the pluralist, the borders are good fences where one meets the neighbor. To many fundamentalists, secularism, seen as the denial of religious claims, is the enemy; to pluralists, secularism, seen as the separation of government from the domination of a single religion, is the es ..read more
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New English words and terms, 2003-2009
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
4M ago
Not complete. How many do you know? 2003 anti-cultural baby bump Big Rip binge-watch botnet darmstadtium electronic cigarette flash mob iraimbilanja manscaping MERS muffin top netroots SARS severe acute respiratory syndrome unfriend[128] 2005 didymo functional calculus glamping locavore microblogging pre-exposure prophylaxis ransomware rock snot sexting truther vodcast[74] 2006 bucket list crowdfunding crowdsourcing Eris hypermiling mumblecore sizzle reel ski cross[60] 2007 additive manufacturing colony collapse disorder hashtag listicle netbook sharing economy[54] tweet[55] 2008 @ ad ..read more
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Regional languages in Metropolitan France
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
4M ago
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Peter Smith. ‘Grading Universities is Better Than Ranking Them’
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
4M ago
Paper presented in absentia at the International Conference on Education and Social Science, Istanbul, 3-5 February 2014. International Organization Center of Academic Research.                                                   Keywords: Universities, International ranking, Grading proposal. Abstract: Despite their present popularity I want to argu ..read more
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Changes in the English language in over 1,000 years
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
5M ago
Modern English speakers may have to make some effort to understand Early Modern English (c. 1500-c. 1700) as represented by the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) or the King James translation of the Bible (1611), but it is clearly the same language, whereas understanding more than a few words of Middle English (c. 1150-c. 1500), as in such works as Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (1387–1400), is likely to be impossible, and Old English (Anglo-Saxon, c. 450-c. 1150) is clearly a foreign language. These videos give an idea of the enormous changes in the English language tha ..read more
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France: percentage of regional language speakers
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
6M ago
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Sámi languages
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
6M ago
By Sprucecopse – Own work, a combination and careful consideration of all sources listed below:For Sami languages in Sweden:https://www.isof.se/nationella-minoritetssprak/din-ratt-till-nationella-minoritetssprak/forvaltningsomradenPite Samihttps://www.sametinget.se/150914https://www.sametinget.se/47481Lule Samihttps://www.samer.se/lulesamiskaUme Samihttps://umesamiska.nu/ (Historic geographic range)https://www.sametinget.se/umesamiskaSouthern Samihttps://www.sametinget.se/sydsamiskahttps://www.samer.se/sydsamiskaFor Sami languages in Norway:https://www.norgeskart.no (Check for Sami placenames ..read more
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Early universities in the Nordic world
Peter Smith
by icpetermahidol
6M ago
The 15th century saw the establishment of the first universities in the Nordic world, both in Uppsala in Sweden (1477) and the Danish capital of Copenhagen (1479). It was not until the 17th century that two more universities were established – at Dorpat (Tartu) in what was then Swedish Estonia (in 1632, albeit that this was only short-lived, being closed in 1699 after the territory was taken over by Russia which only reestablished a university there in 1802), and Turku in what was then Swedish Finland (1640 – later moved to Helsinki). Within the Danish realm, Copenhagen University remained the ..read more
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