Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2020


This is the first global crisis in more than 50 years where no country is looking towards the US for leadership. If there’s anything that’s needed in a global pandemic it is a vaccine and leadership. A vaccine is not expected at least for a year, but what about leadership? Trump-led America is an empire … Continue reading “Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad”

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Should a class in practical ethics be compulsory for politicians?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 12, 2019


I was reading bioethics professor Peter Singer’s piece on practical ethics when I remembered ‘The Good Place’. Some of you may recall that it was the American comedy series on the afterlife. I watched quite a bit of its first season and was struck by the wit and sharpness with which it addressed enormously serious … Continue reading “Should a class in practical ethics be compulsory for politicians?”

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What is bias? Is it perspective? Say, the view that being brown is not disqualifying?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 31, 2018


Donald Trump denunciation of Google for “RIGGED” search results against him are an extreme sort of attack on perspective. As NYT columnist Michelle Goldberg wrote, “Essentially, conservatives want to create a world where objective information and right-wing disinformation are treated equally.” What that would mean is objective reality would be on a par with right-wing … Continue reading “What is bias? Is it perspective? Say, the view that being brown is not disqualifying?”

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Trump Googled himself, got Obama. Bit like Aristotle vs Plato in Arab world

by Rashmee

Posted on August 30, 2018


America’s child-man president is livid about the unfairness of internet searches. The Guardian reports that on August 29, Wednesday afternoon, Mr Trump tweeted grumpily: “For years, Google promoted President Obama’s State of the Union on its homepage. When President Trump took office, Google stopped.” The tweet had a short video that tried to substantiate the … Continue reading “Trump Googled himself, got Obama. Bit like Aristotle vs Plato in Arab world”

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#Helsinki, #Trump and an age-old story, the parable of the drunken mystic

by Rashmee

Posted on July 23, 2018


When Presidents Trump and Putin spoke to journalists in Helsinki exactly a week ago today, they appeared to make plain their preference for each other. Mr Putin said he wanted Mr Trump to be elected and Mr Trump was – well, craven, cowed, deferential. It led some to wonder why America’s commander-in-chief would be so … Continue reading “#Helsinki, #Trump and an age-old story, the parable of the drunken mystic”

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It’s not democracy Vs epistocracy: The elected should seek expert advice

by Rashmee

Posted on May 11, 2018


  One of the most famous images in philosophy concerns something we recently discussed: rule by those who know. (Click here to read the re-done blog on the subject). The image is Plato’s similie of the captain of a ship and it comes in Book 6 of the ‘Republic’. Socrates, the main protagonist, paints a … Continue reading “It’s not democracy Vs epistocracy: The elected should seek expert advice”

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Why are we comparing the virtues of democracy Vs epistocracy?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 9, 2018


  David Runciman, a politics professor at Cambridge, recently defended democracy by warning against rule by the experts, the epistocrats. (His book, ‘How Democracy Ends’, is published Thursday, May 10). Let’s not replace politicians with experts, Professor Runciman argued. That way lies an eternity of unchangeable, possibly bad ideas. “The randomness of democracy – which … Continue reading “Why are we comparing the virtues of democracy Vs epistocracy?”

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How old would little Emma really be? Born in Nov, she was conceived in 1992

by Rashmee

Posted on January 29, 2018


How old would little Emma really be? Born last month, she was conceived in 1992. Little Emma developed from the oldest known embryo to result in a successful birth. The embryo was conceived and cryogenically frozen in 1992. When little Emma was born on November 25, 2017 she might technically be regarded as nearly as … Continue reading “How old would little Emma really be? Born in Nov, she was conceived in 1992”

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Fake news? Socrates gives it the finger. Lessons for the mainstream media

by Rashmee

Posted on February 21, 2017


A piece in The Guardian the other day made a key point about the angst over so-called “fake news”. (The first step, I’d suggest, is to stop calling a lie “fake news”.) Anyway, John Naughton wrote in The Guardian that “the mainstream media can fight back against the poisoning of our public sphere by giving … Continue reading “Fake news? Socrates gives it the finger. Lessons for the mainstream media”

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Trump-ism & philosophy. Lessons from the 10th cent & its insistence on thinking for oneself

by Rashmee

Posted on January 22, 2017


This blog is NOT about President Donald Trump and philosophy (even though his aides had assured us ahead of his inaugural address that it would be a “philosophical” meditation!) Here, we’re going to explore what, if anything, philosophy can teach us about Mr Trump’s election victory and his January 20 inauguration as Americas’ 45th president. … Continue reading “Trump-ism & philosophy. Lessons from the 10th cent & its insistence on thinking for oneself”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK