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Knowledge, Power And Tech: A Q&A With Hip-Hop Artist Divine
In the first installment of a three-part Q&A series, I sat down with hip-hop and rap recording artist Divine to learn about his entry into the technology industry, his current fintech project and how everything boils down to knowledge. Will Hayes: For …
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The Meaning of Science by Tim Lewens review – can scientific knowledge be
The physicist Richard Feynman once remarked that “philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds”. Some of his colleagues have not been so kind. When Stephen Hawking pronounced philosophy dead in 2011, it was only the …
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Caution on classifying traditional knowledge under IPR
ven as the government has initiated the process of vetting a draft Bill on the protection and management of traditional knowledge (TK), experts caution against creating monopoly rights on TK and classifying it under intellectual property rights …
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Philosophy Of Plato

Plato is renowned as one of the world’s greatest philosophers. Born in 429 BC around the time of the death of Pericles, he lived for nearly eighty years up until the period that began with the birth of Alexander the Great. He belonged to an aristocratic Athenian family who were by the standards of those days relatively rich. A large number of Plato’s relatives played an active role in Athenian politics, but this was an activity that Plato himself shied away from.
During his youth he became fascinated by the teachings and thoughts of Socrates, so much so that he attended the academy that Socrates set up. Plato was only thirty years old when Socrates was killed in prison for committing crimes against the gods.

Though incredibly distressed by the death of Socrates, Plato set about writing down the conversations he had held with his teacher. Today, most of what we know about Socrates, the man and his thinking, comes from the texts created by Plato.

Over time, he began to develop his own concepts and ideas relating to philosophy. One of his most famous works is “The Republic”. This is a text that describes his thoughts on how a better government could be formed than that what was in power in Athens at the time.

As was common amongst the ancient philosophers of that age he was not a fan of democracy. It was his impression that uneducated people should not have a say in electing officials that were to govern. He put forward a suggestion that the most intellectually accomplished in society should be those that hold power and make decisions. A cynic may say that due to his upbringing amongst the aristocracy he would always suggest that the elite class should govern.

Plato had a passion for the natural world and how biological systems interact and develop. He believed that all matter and thoughts had a perfect form. One of the most famous methods he used to explain his concepts was a metaphor relating to a cave.

He suggested that if there was a cave inside which there were a group of men chained up against a wall and they could only see the back of the cave and no more, all that would be visible to them would be shadows, and these shadows encompassed all reality. He proposed that if one of these cave prisoners was to escape and take in the beauty of the outside world, if he then returned to visit the remaining captives and tell them what existed outside, it is likely that he would be told that he was crazy and perhaps even hallucinating.

Plato suggested that we are all very similar to those men stuck in a cave. We believe that we know everything about the world and existence, but we are trapped in our bodies just as the men in the story were trapped on a cave. It was his mission to help people make more sense of the real world, both in practical and theoretical ways.

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More Emirati students bridge the knowledge gap

More Emirati students bridge the knowledge gap
AL AIN // Fewer young Emiratis are having to take expensive and time-consuming foundation courses to bridge the knowledge gap between school and university. At UAE University in Al Ain, the largest of the three state universities, the proportion of …
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Vanity and predatory academic publishers are corrupting the pursuit of knowledge
Peer review of manuscripts by academics is also critical to academic publishing. Does the manuscript add to the body of knowledge? Does the manuscript accurately discuss previous work? Are there significant errors in the manuscript? Does the manuscript …
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Want to pass on my IPL knowledge to young players, says Wayne Parnell
Keen on seeing South Africa 'A' do well in the upcoming tri-series involving India 'A' and Australia 'A', medium-pacer Wayne Parnell on Tuesday said he wants to pass on the knowledge gained from IPL stints to young Proteas and help them in adapting to …
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DOES AGE REALLY MATTER? A Short Film Created to Honor Seniors Tells it All

When the topic of Senior Living comes up it’s not always followed with the most positive of thoughts. But then again not many have been asking the right questions these days. A new short film by WESTLiving, a senior living provider, documents heartfelt personal stories from resident’s perspectives that sheds a new light on senior living

Senior living is really about a true sense of belonging for seniors and their families. It’s about creating an environment where everyone feels celebrated, welcomed and acknowledged for who they are. The film opens with a senior who is asked a pivotal question, “When doing things that you love, do you think age really matters?” The answer is both thought provoking and inspirational. “Age doesn’t matter, its growth, but only in a different way” says Ruthie, who is an accomplished artist in a senior living community in Thousand Oaks, California. We learn some philosophical nuggets of wisdom from Neil, who points to us and declares, “If anyone asks you what time it is, you tell them the time is now!” Just one bit of wisdom referred to as “Neil’s Nuggets”. The staff is constantly rewarded with insight from residents who share a lifetime of wisdom and experience.

John Rimbach, President of WESTliving, is on a mission to address any misconceptions about senior living and enlighten the public with a more optimistic and accurate portrayal of the senior living industry. The “BE Inspired- The Time Is Now!” film helps toss away negative notions about aging. Instead it empowers all of us to live in the moment, to hold onto passions throughout life and love whole heatedly through time.

“This film is really about celebrating the freedom and empowerment that senior living offers.” Rimbach continues, “It’s a continued celebration and enjoyment of life.” The film is filled with simple lessons and nuggets of wisdom that empowers its viewers. It shows residents who are actively pursuing their lifelong passions; growing, learning and developing deep relationships in their senior living homes.

The film disproves negative aging stereotypes and sheds light on the beneficial aspects resident experience every day in a senior living community. “This is a greater than WESTliving,” states COO Patrick Collins. “It’s about putting a realistic, positive message about successful, positive aging.” WESTliving is not in the “care” industry, but rather, the “caring” industry and that’s what this film shows as it highlights the lives of seniors and those who care for them in a colorful, fun and creative way. The “BE Inspired- The Time Is Now!” film is intended to be shared, to celebrate the joy that comes with knowing and learning from distinctive seniors who shatter ageism stereotypes and continue to thrive. To view “BE Inspired- The Time is Now” go to

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EventForte Bets Big on Data Science for the Hospitality Industry

There was a time in the hospitality industry when people thought data science only applied to analytics and reports. A Californian start up, EventForte Inc., aims to change that perception, by applying data science technologies to every lifecycle of the event management process.

Their premise is simple – how best to explore better ways to solve problems than to rely on the power of collective intelligence inherent in data science?

Given that event planning involves numerous manual processes, a lot of decisions are made based on personal experience and intuition. Data science techniques promise to provide deeper insights into the best practices of the industry to assist event planners in creating meaningful and engaging event experiences.

“Currently, many event planners manually work across four to seven disparate tools during the event planning lifecycle, which can be a frustrating experience,” EventForte, Inc. President Ankit Gupta said. “This is prevalent because event technology hasn’t yet developed to a point where a highly integrated solution is feasible. We believe that comprehensive data science integration will be the key to enabling the innovative all-in-one solutions event planners require at affordable price points.”

The company is currently engaged in closed alpha-stage testing of data science implementations with partner hotels, including a revenue management and booking engine solution.

The EventForte team continues to put their beliefs to the test through the release of their cloud-based event management app early July, which promises to integrate key planner tools such as event diagramming, seating, and guest management. This app will be coming soon to all major app stores and web platforms.

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EventForte, Inc. offers a cloud-based event management platform with integrated business intelligence tools, with a mission to revolutionize the event management industry through integration of modern big data and data science methods.

The company has offices in San Jose, CA and Los Angeles, CA.

Scout's Eye: Wilson's Progress, Hardy's Shift Among 12 Thoughts From Minicamp

Scout's Eye: Wilson's Progress, Hardy's Shift Among 12 Thoughts From Minicamp
I haven't seen the plays from A.J. Jenkins that I thought I would have. His tape from the Chiefs was much better running routes and getting open. He just hasn't looked like a veteran player to this point that could help the team. These rookies have me …

Monsanto Has Some Thoughts About Neil Young's Anti-Monsanto Protest Album
The massive food and biotechnology corporation Monsanto was the chief target of Neil Young's just-released protest album, The Monsanto Years. To the surprise of no one, the company disagrees with Young's criticism, as do many other conglomerates that …
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Today in Terrible Ideas, we present ESPN's decision to interview NBA analyst Chauncey Billups while he's driving. The network seemed pretty excited about it, with Herman Edwards joking about “the po-po” pulling him over in his spiffy Porsche and stuff.
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TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting' Amid Molestation Revelations

TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting' Amid Molestation Revelations
TLC has pulled episodes of its reality hit "19 Kids and Counting" on the heels of revelations that the family's oldest son was accused of molesting five underage girls 12 years ago when he was a teenager. Reps for TLC would not comment but a source …
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Savage, Hayes: There Has Been 'Gross' 'Delight' Over Duggar Revelations
MSNBC's “All In” host Chris Hayes and advocate Dan Savage criticized the “gross” “delight” over the Josh Duggar child molestation revelations on Friday. Savage said that while the Duggars engaged in “hypocrisy,” and criticized them for “demonizing LGBT …
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'Orphan Black' Gives Us a Lot to Take in With 'Certain Agony of the Battlefield'
There is so, so much going on in this week's Orphan Black. So much much-ness. “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” is not only the most eventful episode of Season 3 thus far, but it's an important episode which marks a turning point, as sides are chosen …
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Listening to Dennis Prager this morning. He is so deeply intellectual, so thoughtful, and so absolutely invested in the art of thinking, I just wonder why I waste my time elsewhere. Wonderful.

Words fail.

I loved him like he was my own blood. His family, that amazing family, let me love them like they were mine. I´ve got no blood that I know of, save that which came from me, (and that to whom God gave me), and one thing I know is that we make the family we have from those who love us. That´s all that matters. My dad´s dad is gone, leaving one sweet, wonderful memory, and my other grandfather… that´s not for now. But God blessed me with an uncounted number of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and friends who have known me from the time I was four years old. They knew me through all of the awful times and bad hair, bad fashion, bad choices, bad boyfriends — they knew me and loved me in a way I don´t deserve. The way family loves you.

Grandpa John was the first person I remember meeting in what would become my large, glorious, extended family at Valley Baptist Church. I had to be but four, and it was hot and bright and everyone was so large. He was as tall as the sky, it seemed, lanky and sunburned in that way that people who work hard outside seem to be. He shook my hand, like I was a grown-up. Like I was just as important as my father, who had come to assist with the shepherding of this small congregation.

And then he was in my life. Always. He´d take my dad fishing, take us all fishing. He and Sunshine would bring catfish to potlucks. Delicious, wonderful, amazing catfish. His son in law became my youth pastor and friend. His granddaughter had the most beautiful smile — like her mother´s, like his — that didn´t just light up the room, it bathed it in light. It dazzled.

And they were all family. After I grew up and moved away, I lost contact, being a normal, selfish young adult. I brought my kids back once or twice, came for funerals and weddings and memorial services. More mourning than celebrating, unfortunately. This last time, mourning an amazing man I´d also known my entire life, my daughter spent a long, lazy afternoon with Grandpa John and Sunshine, listening to catfish stories and just sitting at the feet of these people who were so dear to me.

She cried a bit today when I told her he was gone, and she understands what it means. As we live our lives, we collect memories of those who have gone on before us. I know I´m not the only one whose life has been completely altered by the love of Grandpa John and his brood. I know there are scores of people who were waiting for him, his own family and the family God brought into his life. I´d like to think he´ll take a minute to sit with my oldest, give her a hug. And I can´t get the image of Charis — smiling, waiting — out of my head. He used to have ties with the pictures of his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids printed on them, so proud of his beautiful family. I don´t aim to hijack the sorrow of others, I just loved him. I love them all. Their love is part of who I am, and it always will be.

Words fail. Part of me can´t wait to see all of you again.


Government ain’t good for nothing but to get in a man’s way.

It’s been awhile since I’ve felt like writing, as I cannot seem to read the headlines without feeling an elevation in my blood pressure. It didn’t used to be like this, you know. I used to be somewhat detached though passionate – though perhaps that was on account of my boundless optimism. (Ha ha.) I’m weary of the world at 36, and each year my capacity for hope diminishes. I look at what this administration has wrought and I settle into a resignation that is as deep as it is paralyzing.

History shows us that things do not remain static. Civilizations deteriorate, empires crumble. The center cannot hold, as a wise man once said. Things fall apart. Societies disintegrate and social order erodes. It is inevitable, and it is the way of this fallen world. It’s okay. I’m currently incubating new life – which I am very excited about, actually – and life goes on. The America my son (we’ll know for sure at the end of the month, but we’ve got some confirmation that it’s “probably” a boy) grows up in with his older sister will be very different from the one my sister and I experienced. And it makes me sad. I know I don’t want to raise them in California, I know that much, but the California model will spread across the country, a creeping cancer, insidious and poisonous.

Having lived in California for almost ten years has made me much more of a libertarian than I used to be. Or maybe I’m more of a Browncoat than I used to be. Leave me and mine alone.

Having said all of that, I am trying to be more hopeful. Mark Levin’s Liberty Amendments and Ted Cruz’s recent efforts have given me hope. I want to do more than just keep flyin’, and I’m praying for a sea change in the attitudes of the American public. All we can hope to do is defy the overbearing, brutish and obviously thuggish tactics of an out of control administration and fight like hell for the values and liberty this country was founded on. In whatever capacity presents itself.

Whatever that means.


So about 17% of the government is shut down. Most of the programs and departments included in this shutdown have apparently been handpicked to cause maximum discomfort to the American people. How about we start doing for ourselves? States start managing their respective parks, coordinating their respective Amber Alert systems, making sure essential services are maintained.

We’re not helpless without the government leviathan. We’re better off without it. This is by no means a massive shutdown — I’m still getting my mail, for Pete’s sake. Obama’s mask is slipping, and we need to tell the political class that they can suck it. We’re better off on our own, with a trimmed down central government.

Defy “authority.” This is your country. Take care of it.

Hi there.

I was ready to dismiss this at first blush, my thought being that Obama wasn’t necessarily responsible for the actions of his brother, Malik. But the article contains some pretty uncomfortable evidence, which could explain the president’s odd stance toward the Muslim Brotherhood.

I don’t necessarily the energy or time time dissect this, but the article — as well as Walid Shoebat’s original post — speaks for itself.

Painting with broad brushes.

On Memorial Day weekend, our president gave a flowery, superficially presidential speech about sacrifice and expressed his concern that our soldiers weren’t fully appreciated by the public at large, and yet, in the days previous, he and his defense secretary made sure to remind everyone that our servicemen and women are really nothing more than a government-funded group of sex offenders. Perhaps I’m just paying more attention to it than I was before, but I’ve been hearing a lot about the sexual integrity of the military in the last four or five months.

Oh, and there’s this.

I’m not maintaining that our current military doesn’t have its problems. Hardly. Sex scandals are always tres magnifique, and military sex scandals seem to capture our imagination a bit more, with the power and corruption running deeper and for higher stakes in a somewhat mysterious branch of the governmental bureaucracy. Should it be cleaned up? Yeah. Should we encourage our servicemen and women to practice restraint and decorum, holding them to a higher standard than the undisciplined idiots who are out here, not even living their lives but just bumping into things in the civilian world? Absolutely.

But is a commencement speech at the Naval Academy on Memorial Day weekend the appropriate place to lecture on the subject? It seems… insulting. And inappropriate. And in line with this administration’s ongoing attempt to diminish the reputation of the military in the mind of the civilian. Why respect an organization that apparently sanctions rape and harassment and general nastiness? It should be no secret that this president does not hold our fighting men and women in high regard, even while he is their commander in chief. Chipping away at the respect we civilians have for our soldiers is essential for his ongoing assault against the military. Civilians won’t protest the shrinking of a military they despise and distrust, will they?

Our president is a part of an academic community that sees our military superiority — and by extension, the military itself — as something shameful, something that must be completely done away with. Each and every reminder of its failures, faults and scandals will be used to accomplish this.

We must in turn remember that though there are assholes aplenty in the military, there are thousands of men and women of integrity who do this country proud. There are men and women who live up to and surpass the standards set for them by their predecessors and make this country’s military one of the most decent, restrained, disciplined and humane in history. Of the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen that I know personally, I can name more than a handful of exemplary human beings. People who impress me with their strength of character and faith. Painting these people with the broad brush of sexual predator would be neither fair nor accurate.

Help for Heroes.

It’s coming.
woolwichThis is Lee Rigby, the soldier run down and hacked to death in Woolwich by savage beasts masquerading as people. He had a wife and son, and a family that loved him. Remember his name, his face.

The West cannot be defeated by military might, so the enemy adapts. They know our weakness — our investment in denial stemming from our cultural relativism — and they are betting we will break under a prolonged assault of truly asymmetrical proportions. We will either change our response to terrorism or we will perish. It’s as simple as that. PM Cameron sounded strong and resolute yesterday in his response to the atrocity. Contrast that with our own president in the wake of Bengazi and the murder of his personal representative in Libya. From a foreign policy standpoint, everything out of Obama’s mouth is a sickening display of weakness and provincialism. It’s embarrassing. It’s depressing.

I think we’re on our own.

As an aside, I thought it particularly relevant that the only people to confront those animals in Woolwich were women. I’m proud of my sex. I’m wondering where the men were, however, and why they would let a soldier die in the street and let their women approach them. It’s troubling.