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Philosophy has to be about more than white men
It is why Oriki – in short, performative, spiritual and philosophical African “praise poetry” about a plethora of universal topics – are considered mythological, while Homer's mythological epic poem, The Iliad, is philosophy. And why everyone is …
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5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read
Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this tells …
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Hometown U: The young philosophers
Nicole Deren will graduate May 3 with dual degrees in journalism and philosophy. A product of Service High School's seminar program, she headed to college to become a pharmacist like her mom. When she struggled with math, she fell back to an old …
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INGLE: A woman on $20 bill? A winning idea

INGLE: A woman on bill? A winning idea
TRENTON — There's a group that wants to remove Andrew Jackson from the $ 20 bill and replace him with a woman. Let's get it done. The Women On 20s organization chose the $ 20 bill because the year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of …
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Mom's million dollar idea?
(John Clark/The Gaston Gazette) Marni Peters and her children Pierce, left, and Tesla, right, with PetPaks. By Adam Orr. Published: Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 03:22 PM. Somewhere high above the eastern seaboard a frazzled young mother had a problem.
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Bestselling Author Seth Mnookin to Discuss Measles Outbreak, Vaccinations on March 25

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) March 12, 2015

Georgia State University College of Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society will host bestselling author and award-winning journalist Seth Mnookin, who will discuss vaccinations and the media’s role in creating public health scares, at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in the Speakers Auditorium in the Student Center.

Following his lecture “Misinformation and Measles: The Disneyland Outbreak, Public Health and the Nature of Truth,” there will be a reception and signing for his latest book, “Panic Virus.” The book won the National Association of Science Writers 2012 Science in Society Award. Mnookin will speak during a two-part lecture series on “Understanding the Vaccine Debates.”

“Based on his meticulous research for his award-winning book, Seth Mnookin conveys the complex issues of vaccine science, public health policy and the anti-vaccine movement in a straightforward, easily understandable manner,” said Leslie E. Wolf, professor of law and director for the Center for Law, Health & Society.

“Parents determine whether their children are vaccinated,” Wolf said. “Attendees will better be able to make informed decisions based on good science instead of fear, fear often perpetuated by media.”

The Center for Law, Health & Society also will host public health law scholar Ross Silverman, professor of health policy and management at Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 24, in Room 100 of the Urban Life Building.

Silverman, who also holds a secondary appointment at Indiana’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will discuss vaccination requirements on school entry in “It’s A Small World After All: Law, Politics, and Immunization Policy.”

“Professor Silverman is a leading public health law scholar,” Wolf said. “His presentation, coupled with Mnookin’s, will shed light on why measles is having a resurgence.”

For the Silverman event, the center has applied for Continuing Legal Education credit from the State Bar of Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency. (Cost is $ 5 per credit hour.)

Registration is not required for either event, but seating is limited.

Harvard Theologian: Time to Reevaluate Science and Religion

WASHINGTON, D.C (PRWEB) February 17, 2015

The Bible, James 4:14, states, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” If people are just mist, how do our lives fit into eternity?

Written by Harvard Divinity School graduate Carisia Switala, “Eternity’s Secret” answers how a person could exist outside of ordinary conceptions of time. By combining biblical and scientific theories, this book explores possibilities of seeing the future, time travel and immortality. Switala says that combining the two disciplines can prove how one can live forever.

“I had an intense curiosity about time that led me down a path of exploring what the Bible and science have to say about the subject,” Switala said. “After my time at Harvard, I began pursuing the ideas I had regarding time and continued doing research over many years.”

After her mother’s passing, she sought the answer to eternal life with a greater intensity. With her expertise in biblical exegesis, early Christianity, gnosticism, world religions and her research in physics, Switala claims to have uncovered answers to the mysticism surrounding time.

“The truth about humanity’s destiny depends on decoding time,” Switala said. “A good place to start is with the revelations of both religion and science.”

Switala encourages readers to discover the mysteries of time and the secrets of eternity for themselves. Her combination of religous and scientific research, two subjects often thought of as mutually exclusive, brings new thoughts to the metaphysical marketplace of ideas.

For more information, visit

“Eternity’s Secret”

By: Carisia Switala

ISBN: 978-1-49-1175416-0

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse

About the author

The idea for Carisia Switala’s book was conceived several years ago when she was a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School. She finally reached a point where she decided to write a book focusing on the insights and knowledge she had acquired from her scholarly pursuits. She lives with her husband, Lekan Obadeyi, near Washington, D.C.

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Manifestation Miracle: Review Examining Heather Matthews Personal Development Program Released

Houston, TX (PRWEB) February 04, 2015

Manifestation Miracle claims to be a ‘law of attraction’ type program. This has caught the attention of’s Stan Stevenson, prompting an investigative review.

“Our Manifestation Miracle review shows that it is a guide that teaches you how to get everything you want from life, using the ‘power of manifestation’. What this boils down to is encouraging good things to happen in your life, such as happiness, relationships, friendships, wealth and possessions,” reports Stevenson. “This is an instant download guide, which means that once you’ve purchased it, you can get started straight away; no waiting days or weeks.”

Manifestation Miracle shows how manifestation reaches into every part of life, one’s personal destiny, feeling the desire, putting it all together and the big picture.

“The guide is not only powerful, but it’s also interesting and easy to follow. It’s really not something that you can pick up and put down at a moment’s notice; once you start reading, you’re going to be transfixed),” says Stevenson. “It doesn’t matter what stage of your life you’re at, this is a self-help guide that truly will help your life to improve. Whether you’re in a good place or a bad place, we all want our lives to get better and we all want to be truly content. This is a guide that can get you to exactly where you want to be.”

“Manifestation Miracle is probably one of the very best self-help guides we’ve ever come across. We think that it is definitely worth a try. After all, you’ve nothing to lose except for the negatives in your life and that, you have to admit, is a pretty powerful reason to get started. We think the guide really packs a punch. If you want to be happy, wake up each day knowing that good things are happening and are going to continue to do so, want to be content in yourself and everything around you, then it can show you how to be that exact person.”

Those wishing to purchase Manifestation Miracle, or for more information, click here.

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Londons New Years Eve Celebrations 2014 Latest

London, Greater London (PRWEB) December 30, 2014

Last year, according to the BBC, 500,000 revelers packed the banks of the river Thames to watch the remarkable London NYE fireworks display. The 10 minutes of firework mastery involving 50,000 firework projectiles choreographed above the London Eye is delivered at a total event cost of £1.8million. This year, in an attempt to reduce the number of spectators, the Mayor of London has sold tickets at £10 a piece to 100,000 lucky Londoners and visitors who will get a privileged view from the banks of the Thames and Westminster Bridge. Hundreds of thousands more are expected to catch an alternative view, either from a farther vantage point of which there are many, or from one of London’s many high rise buildings along the river. If you are still debating your NYE strategy, check out today’s NYE guide, with some original ideas for the best, but not obvious London NYE fireworks views, alternative London NYE Entertainment and London Club Nights on NYE.

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Hotels Near the Fireworks

IMPORTANT: Travel after the firework display will be highly congested. There are 48 hotels within a 20-minute walk of the main fireworks viewing areas around the London Eye. At the time of writing, 29 of these hotels are now fully booked on New Year’s Eve. Of the 19 hotels that still have room availability, there are a number of hotel deals still to be had, including the five star Waldorf Hotel for £322. There are three ways you can book these remaining New Years Eve in London hotel deals; You can see all nearby hotel deals live on the London NYE HotelMap or on or by calling Freephone 0800 LONDON (outside UK +44 207 437 4370)

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Trident University International Appoints Program Director For Online Ph.D. in Health Sciences

Cypress, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2014

Trident University International (Trident) is proud to announce that Dr. Bernice B. Rumala has been appointed as the Program Director of the Ph.D. in Health Sciences program.

Dr. Rumala comes to Trident from Mentoring in Medicine in New York, NY, where she served as the Interim Research Director. As part of this role, she provided leadership for evidence-based research scholarship and strategic planning. She will report to Dr. Holly Orozco, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and College of Education.

“Dr. Rumala’s impressive professional, research, and educational experience is an asset for the entire Trident University community. Her addition to the College of Health Sciences gives the school an innovative educator with a modern, solution-oriented outlook,” Dr. Holly Orozco.

Dr. Rumala earned a Ph.D. with a Health Equity focus from Columbia University in New York, NY. She holds three master’s degrees from Columbia, including a Master of Philosophy with a Health Equity focus, a Master of Education in International Education Development, and a Master of Arts in Health Education with a health disparities concentration. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science from the University of the State of New York, Excelsior College, Albany. Additionally, she served as a Fulbright Fogarty fellow.

Other previously held positions include Community Engagement Specialist and Founding Co-Director for SPARC (Achieving Successful and Productive Research Careers) at the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Director for Recruitment and Student Support Services for the MPH and DPH programs at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Past academic appointments include serving as an assistant professor of medicine in Connecticut and as adjunct lecturer in biology at John Jay College, City University of New York.

“The Ph.D. Program Director in Health Sciences Program leadership position is an excellent fit for me, as it emphasizes a research based curriculum, strong commitment to student success, quality education, affordability, global access, collaboration, and opportunities for professional growth. I was particularly impressed with the fast-track nature in which innovative ideas are implemented. As an innovator, researcher, educator, and creative leader, the culture at Trident is the perfect fit for me,” Dr. Bernice Rumala, Program Director, Ph.D. in Health Sciences Program.

Dr. Rumala’s professional expertise and interests are in the areas of creative innovative leadership, public health, social determinants of health and education equity, community based participatory research, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics/health professions) diversity.

Dr. Rumala also has an extensive research background, having coauthored articles in several leading journals, including Academic Medicine, PLOS Biology, Biochemical Genetics, Science and Translational Medicine, and Journal of the National Medical Association. She has also served as a peer reviewer for journals and Federal research grant submissions.

Dr. Rumala has received numerous awards and grants, including the inaugural Satcher research award – named in honor of former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Award for Excellent Scholarship in Research, and the Excellence in Innovation Award for Presentation and Workshop, awarded by Peking University in Beijing, China for her presentation on addressing health disparities in medically underserved populations.

In addition, she has been actively involved with the New York State Minority Health Council for the past three years, which focuses on policies for bridging the health disparities gap for underserved and disadvantaged populations.

In her spare time, Dr. Rumala enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, watching TV, experiencing nature, and cooking Afro-Caribbean-South Asian fusion cuisine.

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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.