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This Day in History
Today gives an important city in Japan the opportunity to engage in a vivid celebration of Autumn, Nagasaki Kunchi; in the Levant five thousand seven hundred seventy-seven years ago, more or less, according to legend and a widely followed “reference date,” the current Hebrew Calendar became the norm; fifty two hundred thirty-eight years later, in 1477, Uppsala University obtained its corporate rights from the Pope and began instruction; six years shy of a century after that instant, in 1571, Italian and Spanish naval forces utterly destroyed the Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto; three hundred twenty-five years prior to the present pass, Massachusetts Bay received its Royal Charter; King George III issued a Royal Proclamation seventy-two years subsequently, in 1763, that forbid European settlement North and West of the Allegheny Mountains, an acknowledgment of indigenous rights that contributed to colonial disaffection with the crown; one hundred sixty-seven years back, poet and scribe Edgar Allen Poe left the world, to return “never more;” MORE HERE
A Thought for the Day
The ability to remain silent and invite an interlocutor’s contribution, even when one very well ‘knows’ already the topic or eventuality at hand, is a key skill in interviewing and relating to people generally, at the very least both because the most surprising and juiciest tidbits from life’s storied feasts result from an interviewee’s not believing that we already know what transpired for all and sundry and because the ‘admissions against interest’ and attempts to cover up transgression or any sort of unseemly insight or feeling that almost all participants in complex transactions possess will likely not appear if an interrogator gives the speaker whose testimony a questioner is soliciting reason to imagine that he has noticed in advance the conflicts of interest and possible peccadilloes that apply to everyone involved in the affair, both of which represent reason enough to remain calm and even a bit disinterested in seeking open-ended witness in a statement or deposition.
“EVEN facts become fictions without adequate ways of seeing “the facts”. We do not need theories so much as the experience that is the source of the theory. We are not satisfied with faith, in the sense of an implausible hypothesis irrationally held: we demand to experience the “evidence”.
We can see other people”s behaviour, but not their experience. This has led some people to insist that psychology has nothing to do with the other person”s experience, but only with his behaviour.
The other person”s behaviour is an experience of mine. My behaviour is an experience of the other. The task of social phenomenology is to relate my experience of the other”s behaviour to the other”s experience of my behaviour. Its study is the relation between experience and experience: its true field is inter-experience. MORE HERE from R. D. Laing, Politics of Experience
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An Understanding Society blog post that discusses the great work of sociologists in Detroit, a city which has undergone many changes of late, while providing useful alternate contexts from which to extrapolate knowledge about man and society in general: “We use the word remnant rather than ruin deliberately, to counter the impression that Detroit is abandoned, empty or vacant, that it is simply a blank slate waiting to be rebuilt or reimagined by entrepreneurial newcomers or self-styled urban pioneers. While Detroit’s open spaces and ghostly buildings with their empty eyes do invite one’s imagination to wander, our on the ground encounters and interviews reveal a city that not only still lives, but struggles and asserts itself even more vigorously against the tide of withdrawn resources that has sucked its neighborhoods in a tightening spiral of disinvestment, neglect, escape and despair. These individuals express a powerful sense of pride in what Detroit has been, as well as a belief in its future potential, though tempered by that weary skepticism borne of hard experience and past disappointments.”
A useful post for those who want to write outside the color line of their personal experience, with authenticity and respect: “Personally, I grew up for many years getting my hair done with my sisters, my mom waiting in the salon, bringing us fast food and nearby gas station eats to snack on while they tugged and twisted away at our hair. So that became an unintentional tradition of sorts.
People with little care or understanding can easily weaponize a piece of Black culture into a flat stereotype. Consider, for example, watermelon. It was a fruit Black Americans could make a living off of, a symbol of freedom. Whites used that against us, instead turning this symbol of freedom into a mockery with dehumanizing “art” depictions and jokes and now no one wants to be associated with it.”
A Free Thought Project harrowing tale of the senior citizen library employee who was beaten up by police for daring to protect anothers’ free speech: “The oppression of rights and free speech was put on full display recently at the Kansas City Public Library, where a senior library staff member was brutally taken down and arrested by police and private security officers — for peacefully intervening in the harassment of a library patron.
The armed guards were present as security detail for Dennis Ross, champion of the Israeli lobby and former Bush official who pushed for the Iraq invasion. Ross was giving a talk called “Truman and Israel.”
A Scientific American post that helps us contextualize a framework from which to understand society and the role of myth in the very foundations of our human and social structures: “Folklorists, anthropologists, ethnologists and linguists have long puzzled over why complex mythical stories that surface in cultures widely separated in space and time are strikingly similar. In recent years a promising scientific approach to comparative mythology has emerged in which researchers apply conceptual tools that biologists use to decipher the evolution of living species. In the hands of those who analyze myths, the method, known as phylogenetic analysis, consists of connecting successive versions of a mythical story and constructing a family tree that traces the evolution of the myth over time.”