Archive for July, 2010

Why We Are Losing and Will Continue To

Monday, July 5th, 2010

We have learned above all that, in campaigns such as those in Iraq or Afghanistan, the human terrain is the decisive terrain. We have to understand the people, their culture, their social structures and how systems to support them are supposed to work — and how they do work. And our most important tasks have to be to secure and to serve the people, as well as to respect them and to facilitate the provision of basic services, the establishment of local governance and the revival of local economics.

— General David Petraeus

The Crises of Capitalism, by David Harvey

Monday, July 5th, 2010


Sunday, July 4th, 2010

On page 21 of the Bantam mass market paperback edition of Sixty Days and Counting, Kim Stanley Robinson writes: ” . . . in one of those quick leaps that humans were prone to make (although science was not) . . .”

Robinson here refers to an entity, which he calls science, that exists independently of any human agent or agency, and that is superior to human beings, at least in its avoidance of hasty conclusions. Where may I go to see this entity? May I touch it? talk with it? ask it questions, as, say, the Greeks did of the Oracle at Delphi?

This statement is a religious proposition, as assertion of the existence of a superior being of ultimate good.

Some people might refer to it, scornfully, as science fiction.