18 December 2017

In the Name of Identity

As you explore this blog, you will find all sorts of ways in which names and identities develop and change.

If you would like to reflect on some questions about your name and identity, you may be interested in some of my earlier blog posts:


Does your name have unfortunate connotations?

Is your given name consistent with your current sense of identity?


Do you use a pseudonym online and/or in life?

Is your name the same as that of many other people?

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
Innocence

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?

23 November 2017

In the Name of Talent

What are your genuine talents?  Are some of them still hidden?

A few of your talents may have been identified and developed as a consequence of your age and identity.

A few of your talents may involve knowing how to be delightfully surprising.

You may or may not think of talent in relation to groups, gatherings and glamour

You may or may not think of talent in relation to multiple identities and social media.

What have you found to be suitable activities for your talents, and why?

If you are considered to be highly talented what is it like being known as talented?

What have you experienced in the name of success?

What have you experienced in the name of fame?

What have you experienced in the name of recognition?

22 November 2017

In the Name of Productivity

How do you "recharge your batteries"?  In other words, how do you generate renewed energy for yourself?  Is it by being with people or by being away from people?


26 June 2017

In the Name of Comfort

If you have been exploring this blog for a while, do you think you know yourself better now than you did when you first came here?

When did you first become acquainted with this blog?

Is this blog helping you to understand other people?

Is it helping you to feel more comfortable with yourself?

Are you feeling comfortable about yourself?

Is this blog helping you to feel more comfortable in social circumstances?

If not, why not?

Could inner peace, therefore your peace of mind, be about feeling comfortable with yourself and your needs?

Do you feel most comfortable with yourself when you are alone or when you are with other people?

Do you feel most comfortable when performing physical work or mental work?

Do particular people in your life make you feel comfortable or uncomfortable?

If you feel uncomfortable about someone, why is that?

Is any discomfort you feel mainly as a consequence of unfair demands upon you?

Is any discomfort caused by intrusions of various sorts?

Is any discomfort caused by your surroundings in other ways?

Have you ever experienced emotional blackmail or another sort of bullying?

Do you sometimes make other people feel uncomfortable and if so, why does that occur?

I am interested in how people reason, and why they sometimes do not reason enough.

I am also interested in how people perceive themselves, and why they often perceive themselves inaccurately from a social perspective.

I am interested in how people reach understandings, individually and in groups, and why they sometimes fail to understand themselves and each other.

I am interested in the comforts of hopes and certainties, especially those in relation to identity.

I am also interested in the discomforts of identity and changes in identity.

I am interested in why some people are satisfied with changes in their identity and some people, in a similar situation, are not.

I am interested in how people feel comfortable and uncomfortable about communication and connections.

I am interested in why people travel and whether they do so to feel more comfortable or whether they do so to go outside their comfort zones.

I am interested in whether people are motivated to learn something because it is likely to make them feel more comfortable, or not as the case may be.

I am interested in why some people find discomfort to be entertaining or even pleasurable.  I know I am not one of them.

I am interested in whether you will express your views here and whether you will do so in a way that makes you feel most comfortable about how you see yourself and the world.

I am interested in whether you are sitting comfortably or not, or standing to read this, or lying down, and why.

I am interested in whether you make connections between entertainment, friendship and identity.

I am interested in whether you believe yourself to be in pursuit of truth.

I am interested in whether you are comfortable in knowing your cohorts.

I am interested in whether you are comfortable or uncomfortable with unpopularity.

I am especially interested in what makes you feel comfortable in the name of peace and what does not.

But you may not feel comfortable about why I want to know how comfortable or uncomfortable you feel.  Could the reason be a secret?

02 March 2017

In the Name of Recognition

In the online world, we can sometimes choose whatever name we wish to be known by.  As Via, I have chosen a pseudonym that is distinctive but also one through which I can retain some anonymity as well.

Most people hope for some recognition, and perhaps even respect.  Most of us also want at least a little privacy. 

If you feel different from other people in some way, that in itself may be a worthwhile distinction.  Is it something that makes you stand out from the crowd?

How have you developed and used your talents? How do you adapt to challenges?  What are you hoping other people currently recognise in you?  How do you hope to be recognised in the future?

Are most people recognised mainly because they are different or because they fit into other people's expectations?

Who do you want to recognise you, and why?

Are you now unrecognisable in relation to the person you once were?

What has changed about you over the years?

What has stayed the same?

How do you reflect upon age and identity?

Have you ever had a new name?

How do you want to be recognised for your individuality?

How do you want to be recognised in relation to your relationships and other connections?

How do you want to be recognised - and remembered - through records and recordings of various sorts?

How do you want to be remembered into the future, perhaps even centuries into the future?

Do you mainly want to be known for being talented?

Do you mainly want to be known for being a good person?

Do you mainly want to be known for overcoming challenges, seeking justice or providing justice?

Who do you recognise in the name of justice?