Thanks for sharing this, Ron: The work that's being done at the moment on the origins of modern human behaviour, coupled to research into our DNA, and into how we've reacted to climate change over the last 200,000 years is providing such a solid grounding for those of us alive today. We're all much more closely related than we like to think - both as people, and as animals in the world.
Should we travel to Israel?
Yes, it's a great way of doing it. I'll be looking for more Reith Lectures soon
Awsome argument for the power of Google+ Hangouts. Thanks @RonMader for introducing me to this technology, and for sharing it via your Planeta Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/hangout
Not a very descriptive title: this article is about a baking gaffe made by Cape Town's most prestigious hotel - the Mount Nelson
The discussion has been more shock and horror than warts and all - this is why the article is important. The author makes the case that foodies are all in the upper bracket, but the majority of line staff in the food chain are living almost in poverty
Thanks for sharing this one, Ron
Thanks for sharing this one, Ron - Anna Pollock's work is really ground-breaking (poor pun), and needs to be read widely. I hope I've made a fair summary of it in this article (which she approved before I published, by the way)
Anna Pollock nails it again. She really is leading the way in the way we think about travel.
I'm a huge fan of any attempt to get any conversation. I think Martin Luther King said something about violence being monologue, and non-violence dialogue, This is important especially when you consider Krishnamurti's stance (to which I also subscribe): When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.
Having said that, we must all be aware that many peoples are placed under enormous stress because stronger peoples think they have rights over them - all over the world. Such communities need as many channels of communication as possible, and Ron Mader is doing nothing more (and nothing less) than facilitating one such. To call him out because he's doing it while not being 'indigenous' himself smacks of political correctness, which is a pervasive evil that changes dialogue into monologue, and is, therefore, wrong in itself.
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Ron, as you know, I'm enormously interested in the origins of modern human behaviour, as revealed by the SACP4 Project at Mossel Bay, in South Africa (Middle Stone Age site dating back to 162,000 years ago). There's an overview of this work on mosselbayart.co.zaWhat role would say human origins should play in Indigenous Peoples Week?