— Bilal Tanweer at Chapati Mystery. Coke Studio by Bilal Tanweer
The amazing story of the traditional songs and dances, passed down over hundreds of years, that have tied a small Caribbean ethnic group to a remote African tribe
— Arun Gandhi at The Network of Spiritual Progressives. One God, Many Images By Arun Gandhi
Alyssa Goldstein at AlterNet. When Women Wanted Sex Much More Than Men
Sociolingo at SocioLingo Africa. Netting flies and mosquitoes protects livestock, boosts milk yields
— David Moberg at Dissent. A Thousand Kinds of Life: Culture, Nature, and Anthropology
Louisa Lombard in Pacific Standard Magazine. Missing Pieces
But the recursive argument method and the college were not inventions of Classical Arabic civilization.
Both were first developed many centuries earlier in the ancient Central Asian Buddhist civilization, and appear as physical texts and buildings in the Kushan Empire period. When the Buddhists of Central Asia converted to Islam, evidently around the tenth century, their institutions were not abandoned by the people (the former Buddhists) and then miraculously reinvented by the very same individuals (the new Muslims); the institutions and practices were simply converted to Islam along with the people themselves."
— Christopher Beckwith at berfrois. How Western Europe Developed a Full Scientific Method
Steve Hynd at Not the Singularity.
As one prisoner wrote, “Sadism results from there being no possibility of real accountability,” and that’s really the key to the whole thing, whether in prison or among pampered and sheltered jock “rape crews”. It’s a massive problem that is not necessarily rooted in oppressing any one gender, but rather in our society’s cultural blinkers, our wish to turn away. We as a society have an empathy gap, one that also allows us to ignore the deaths of innocents at the hands of our military, under our government’s orders, in far-off lands.
I bolded “our wish to turn away” because I know that’s me. There’s an awful lot about what goes on that I can’t take much. When I come upon descriptions of violence I often skim over, noting there’s a part of an article I’m intentionally turning away from. Sometimes I go back and read the piece again, usually after standing up and pacing awhile. But I rather need to force myself to look. Being willfully blind leads to stupidity, but it’s not easy to look.
— R.U. Sirius at The Verge. Information wants to be free, but the world isn’t ready
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