November 22, 2012

Derrida, Ortega y Gasset, Opium, and Odisha

Derrida biography from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman)
Biography may be my favorite genre, because it is so effective at breaking down the usual distinction between thought and banal/sordid everyday life. How does philosophy emerge from schools and brothels and poker games? (Derrida was a skilled poker player thanks to his mother, who was an absolute ace at the game.) It’s fascinating to watch this happen…
José Ortega y Gasset, who had an unusual sensitivity to topics of ages of life and generations, always held that 26 was the age when philosophers first start to show traces of originality rather than mere receptivity, and that 30 is the usual age when they are able to formulate those positions in somewhat coherent and recognizable form.

Really? The Road to Serfdom? from Cafe Hayek by Russ Roberts - Nov 9, 2012
When I began as an assistant professor of economics, I made about $19,000. Today, a starting assistant professor evidently makes something in the $90,000–$100,000 range. That is well above the rate of inflation. I make more than that. So life is good. But I worry it won’t be so good for my children. We’re becoming more like Europe. I don’t know if you’ve looked lately but Europe isn’t doing very well.

Unfortunately, they said very little, which leaves the room open for a lot of different interpretations about the future. Secondly, as their own sadhana evolved, the remarks they made about the future also evolved which means you can’t really nail down the precise final formulation.

Raymond F. West Memorial Lecture STANFORD HUMANITIES CENTER 
Monday, December 3, 2012. 6:00 PM. Contact: 
China and the Making of Modern India: A Story of Fantasy, Abuse, and Recovered Memory - Amitav Ghosh, Humanities Center Raymond West Lecturer
The opium trade had momentous consequences for China in the 18th and 19th centuries. Acclaimed author, Amitav Ghosh, will speak about the lesser-known impact that this trade had on arts, crafts, tastes and styles in India, the world's leading opium-producing country under the British Raj.
The effects of opium on 18th and 19th century China have been extensively studied and it is now widely acknowledged that the drug trade had momentous consequences, for China and for the world at large. That this trade also had a powerful impact on India, which was the world's leading opium-producing country under the British Raj, has been largely overlooked (or delibarately ignored). This talk attempts to explore some aspects of this subject, including Chinese influences on Indian arts, crafts, tastes and styles.
Amitav Ghosh is the acclaimed author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and Sea of Poppies, which is the first volume of a projected series of novels, The Ibis Trilogy. He was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria.

We convey our greetings on behalf of Odisha Environment Congress 2012 which shall hold a convention on 20th to 22nd December 2012 at the Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) Bhubaneswar on the theme of “Energy and Environment – Issues, Challenges and Potentials for Odisha”.
Dr. Manmath K. Mohanty, Convener, Technical & Director, HDF Center for Development Action & Research (cDAR) Email: Web:

Discussion on Industrial Policy of Odisha Satya satyaswarup_n Nov 21, 2012 Dear Friends, From 1000 industries in 1000 days (the famous quotation of Mr JB Patnaik, the former CM) to the  so called attracting largest FDI in the country, Let us discuss where do we stand. Mineral Resources of Odisha
Odisha’s mineral resources are talk of the town for anybody and everybody. We have 183 MT of chromites which is 98% of India’s known chromite reserve, 440 MT of Nickel which clocks 95% , 1743 tons of Bauxite, estimated as 60% of National reserve, 5428 MT of Iron ore which is 26 % of country’s Iron ore reserve, and a staggering 61,999 MT of coal which is 24 % of country’s total coal reserve.  These numbers are quoted here to help us having an informed discussion. Obviously it has attracted the industries seeking resources. According to a State-wise analysis of the proposed FDI and the number of proposals filed in India during 2011-12, by industry body, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), Odisha attracted the largest value of investments from foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals filed in 2011-12, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Odisha garnered 27 per cent of the total investments (worth about Rs 49,527 crore), though barely 17 FDI proposals were filed for the State. Satya Swarup Nanda Co-moderator, DevComm Forum Prachinburi, Thailand-25140 

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