09 December 2017

In the Name of Certainty

Sometimes declarations of certainty are really no more than signs of ignorance.

How do you tend to respond to feelings of certainty and uncertainty?  

What are your true values, tastes and interests?

Are you true to yourself or is the real you someone you are still trying to know?

Are you certain about love?

Are you certain about who you are?

Are you certain about your family background?

08 December 2017

In the Name of Fear

Terrorism is frightening even merely as a word.  But, to a frightened person, one fear is likely to be just as terrifying as another.

To be frightened is to be conscious of potential risks.  When fears do not subside, what can be done to rise above those fears and act to improve a situation?

People in positions of power often either deny the existence of fear when their duty is to alleviate it, or they encourage fearfulness, or both.  Encouraging fearfulness prevents hope for improvement.  For people in positions of power, that is often way to strengthen their own power.

When people in power do nothing to prevent abuses, or to address abuses, they are likely to be perpetrators themselves, in one way or another.  A person in a position of power who dismisses distress as trivial, and possibly adds to the fears of victims, will probably only act upon a claim if accused of being abusive.

To deny claims of abuse, without investigating the matter thoroughly and sensitively, is always an abuse in itself.  Who, then, will act in the name of fear?

24 November 2017

In the Name of Science

Science and the scientific have been mentioned on quite a few occasions since I began writing this blog, and my other ones, in 2009.  What do you believe to be the various connections between science and identity?

Science, identity and security are politically intertwined in the 21st century.  But is there anything particularly new about that?

Science is meant to supply trustworthy information, but for what purposes, and for whose benefit?

With so many human rights abuses continually occurring in the world, science is doing little to prevent them. 

Personal security is connected with economic security.  Threats to any sort of security have political consequences. 

How are you using science to help you protect your identity, and your assets?

Can science prevent unfair practices?  If so, how?

As you may have noticed, I have quite a few questions today.

Here is a little background information of possible relevance:

February 2009
Dear visitor

March 2009
The popularity of portraiture

April 2009
Behaviour, identity and hormones

April 2009
Age and identity - part one

June 2009
How to be delightfully surprising

January 2010
World class and social class

May 2010
Neanderthal friends

December 2010
Is nomenclature a nuisance?

February 2011
The ethics of writing biographies

February 2011
Difficult words can be unhealthy

March 2011
Who do you trust?

August 2011
Sense and censuses

The biological aspects of behaviour and identity interact with the cultural, historical and technological aspects.  The complexity of information can overwhelm our minds and exhaust us, with or without big data on biostatistics.

What has actually been achieved in the name of science? 

What have been the unintended consequences of science?

How can science prevent corruption and other forms of unfairness?

How can science contribute to better personal and political decisions?

How can science contribute to privacy and other freedoms?

In this Age of Information with its information overload, what is the Digital Revolution meant to achieve, and why?

We are all under surveillance but not necessarily for our own benefit.  Our biometric details are stored in numerous databases, along with other statistical information.  Could a future biography be written about you through data linkage?

Here are a few more things of possible relevance:

February 2009
A medley of reflections

April 2009
Earth Hour every hour

April 2009
Fleeting ideas and forgotten memories

May 2009
News media for peace

June 2009

June 2009
A clear conscience

June 2009
The joy of eureka moments

July 2009
Foresee with four Cs

What have you most recently been doing in the name of science, and why?

Much is done in the name of science for economic reasons, or at least for reasons of greed.  Some applications of science can be very profitable, often unscrupulously.

What have you done of most significance in the name of science over the past decade?

How do you name and describe something as scientific?

What have you done in the name of nationality?

What have you done in the name of justice?