Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983)

Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983) »

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There is little point in discussing politics the way it is empirically discussed

There is little point in discussing politics the way it is empirically discussed

There is little point in discussing politics the way it is empirically discussed – and one should refrain from it as some Desi restaurants iterate – because there is no point in choosing from among a herd of narcissists and sociopaths.

And life is short.

Even Plato’s Republic is far from reason, even if in an unlikely way, it is a wealth of ideas.

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A Closed Loop by Jamie Davies

A Closed Loop by Jamie Davies

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The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image

The DNA helix is important, of course. But the most important thing it does is make proteins that can operate in regulatory loops. These loops can also operate at the molecular level: genes make proteins, but these proteins determine which genes are ‘off’ and which are ‘on’ (as…

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Source: Freer and Sackler Galleries.

The Mid Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival is intricately lined to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Gibbon reaching for reflection of the moon

Gibbon reaching for reflection of the moon

Three hares looking at the moon

Three hares looking at the moon

Liu Hai Fishing for his Toad by Moonlight

Liu Hai Fishing for his Toad by Moonlight

Night of the Moon Click the thumbnails above for details of the paintings. Source: Freer and Sackler Galleries. The…
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Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

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WILD GEESE

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you…

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The elephant is a lovely animal because it flaps its ears to cool down. Unlike us, it almost knows…

The elephant is a lovely animal because it flaps its ears to cool down. Unlike us, it almost knows what it’s doing.

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The relationship between poets and philosophers

The relationship between poets and philosophers

Poets revel in careful multivalence without fear of accountability.

Philosophers account for their multivalence, fearing just as carefully.

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Travel

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Without having moved an inch, from what experience, my friends, and my mother told me, there is merit in going to Cholistan & Parachinar. If for nothing else, for the smell of diesel trucks. I love my mother.

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Platitudes

My favorite platitude: “anything is possible in human relationships.”

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An Old Sarangi from Rawalpindi

Sarangi nut

Thanks to my friend Ali Zafar, the old sarangi from Rawalpindi has been fully restored with skin, strings and missing pegs in Lahore. Lovely sound!

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Sarangi nut

I increased the gut-string height by raising nut with two PVC card strips.

Sarangi bridge

Adjusted the bass string height with a piece of PVC card.

Sarangi refurbished

Here she is – my birthday sarangi. :)

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