I live in a sleepy town with only 4,000 residents. Up until the 1990s, most of us did not have television cable, much less local channels. When the weather was just right, our TVs could pull in one local channel from a large city about an hour away. While the rest of the country had faster Internet, we had slower dialup service only. When I heard that Mississippi Hughesnet service would be coming to a nearby area to offer online services, I found myself hoping that would soon include my little town, too. We have been so behind the times in the area for far too long.
It is important that I point out the finer points of where I live as well. No cable TV service meant that area residents found other ways to entertain themselves instead. The same goes for slower online speeds because the average person really does not have the patience to surf very long with a modem that only crawls along. Yet progress absolutely does have an upside. Read the rest of this entry »
Of course file sharing has been around as long as the Internet quite nearly, that is essentially the purpose for which it was designed. The CERN Physicist Bernards Lee who originated the idea was looking for a solution to the difficulty of categorizing and digesting scientific documents, but within a short time some guy sent off a scan of a naked girl. There have been dozens of dozens of steps between that baby step and the vast archive found on sites like the Pirate Bay. I am wondering how we go to the next step and what happens when we get to something like the sorts of speeds that they have in South Korea and Japan and other smaller nations in the Far East. Of course they have advantages when it comes to building real modern high speed networks. Read the rest of this entry »
My brother moved to the states to live with my grandparents when he was a baby. Things were tough growing up how we did. However, we both had family that supported us, and we both earned our bachelor degrees. I called my brother to tell him I was enrolling to earn my mba in singapore. My brother fancies himself a comedian and asked me why I started playing basketball. I reminded him I said “MBA” not “NBA.” He told me he knew and was just being funny. Yes, that is my brother.
He told me that he had enrolled to earn his Master’s in Business Administration about three weeks ago. He was waiting to hear from me to tell me. We will be graduating at the same time. Our lives have kind of paralleled like that even though we are separated by great distance. I have been privileged to spend every other summer with him growing up and he with me here in Singapore. We both have a well rounded sense of the two cultures and places. Read the rest of this entry »
John Stuart Mill was, without question, a philosopher who was far ahead of his time. An intelligent and introspective deep thinker, what separated Mill from many of his philosophical contemporaries was his deep feelings of compassion for others. At times when it certainly was not popular nor “politically correct” to do so, John Stuart Mill spoke out in defense of women’s rights and against the cruel and horrible wrongs of slavery.
Born in Pentonville, London, England in 1806, John Stuart Mill was a strong and hugely influential contributor to both social and political theory. A stong believer in utilitarianism, the ethical theory that was created by Jeremy Bentham, Mill is thought by a great many number of historians to be the number one most influential English speaking philosopher in the entire nineteenth century. In addition to his work philosopher and political economist, Mill served as a member of the British parliament and played a very important and influential role in shaping the liberal political philosophy of his time.
John Stuart Mill’s philosophy very strongly recognized the importance of and supported the freedom of the individual in opposition to the strength and power of the state. Read the rest of this entry »
Philosophy used to be set apart from common society. There were men and women who wrote using an expansive vocabulary to describe the deepest things of human experience. They were loved and hated by their readers. Some would read what they wrote and used it to assist in formulating an opinion on everything that has to do with human existence. Others read the essays to fuel their dislike for the philosopher’s opinions. Others, who may rarely read, would point out that talking about life gets in the way of living it.
All human beings have a philosophy and a theology. We have a way of categorizing everything in nature whether it be physical, psychological or spiritual. A contempt for the philosophical among us is in itself a philosophy just as the absence of religious faith is actually a theology. Read the rest of this entry »