Saturday, March 04, 2006

Broaden Your Mind

As near as I can tell, it's a Carnival of Science and/or India. Some of the posts which caught my eye include an analysis and recommendations of the rate of C-section births in India, which covers the tough issues, but is nicely focused on making the situation work for birthing mothers. And, though it's a drop in the bucket statistically, one woman is teaching children to read and transforming lives and communities in the process. Also, India has a Digital Library (with a selection mirrored at CMU), bringing all kinds of classical and historical texts into the view of the online world.

And Blogmandu is back! The Bloggisatva Awards are posted tomorrow; I'll check back for those. The most intriguing sections of the current roundup include the discussion of the commercialization of Buddhism and the implications -- psychological and theological -- of nearly immortal humans.

Speaking of religion, you don't even have to watch the program to find this liveblogging commentary really interesting.

Penny Richards' monthly disability blog roundup has hit the streets, too, with discussions of the Olympics and sports, shopping and accessibility, and the return of an old classic discussion about necessary adaptations for the photon-dependent and tolerating differences.

Update: The first Carnival of Objectivism is up, as well, highlighting some modern disciples of Ayn Rand availing themselves of self-publishing digital technology. [via] That's probably the last time I'm gonna link to this one, because L&P libertarianism is as close to pure Randianism as I can stand most days.

2 comments:

Grant Jones said...

Thanks for the link, although we'll miss you at Objectivist Carnival #2.

Many libertarians do not consider themselves Objectivists, some in fact have little use for Rand. It seems that some at L&P fit that profile.

I think there is a big difference between being pro-liberty and anti-state. For example, Rand was a Cold Warrior. She wrote that Carter pulling the U.S. out of the 1980 Olympics was appropriate and justified.

Ahistoricality said...

I don't dispute any of that (except perhaps for the idea that I'd be missed at an objectivist gathering....); one of the reasons that I can stand libertarians (especially L&P) has to do with their general distance from the Rand school.

There's a lot more to be said about the distinction; I'm not anti-state, either, but I find the libertarian analysis of the situation more likely to be right most of the time and most Objectivists spend too much time trying to shoehorn ideas into their limitations....