O Tempora! O Mores!

 Cleaning and cleanliness have rules, albeit diverse interpretations. These days, in our evermore crowded cities, we all depend on hygiene, public and environmental health.  It is a convoluted trail, with twists and turns, but a life-saving one.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, June 2017

O Tempora! O Mores!


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Human Intelligence


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Human Intelligence

The genetic, epigenetic and the myriad of environmental influences make each case of Human Intelligence unique. Now AI (artificial intelligence) and recent events triggered me to ask myself if, indeed, all humans qualify as intelligent?
You decide.

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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, June 2017

 

Men are from Mars.
Women are from Venus

Transgender are from Earth.
And Children are from Heaven.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, May 2017

Mars <> Venus


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Machiavelli


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Niccolò Machiavelli

The 'Fiorentine par excellence', Niccolò Machiavelli was the political pendant of Martin Luther. His political philosophy reshaped the modern Western world, not always for the better, just like the legalist Han Fei Zi inspired China from the Qin kingdom to current president Xi Jinping.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, April 2017

 

Foucault and the Concept of Power

For Foucault, power was a jungle to explore, a reason for scorn, contempt; even hatred. It is an avidly exercised delusion with dire consequences.  He died too early to witness the rise of obscene money, alt-news, unbridled social media, and worse yet to come.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, April 2017

Foucault and Power


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Being Human


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Being Human

Being human is easy to comprehend physiologically. Then it gets –much, much- more complicated: humane, humanism,  and –now- post-humanism are complex concepts that generate more questions than answers. Let us explore some.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, March 2017

 

Purity

From Definition to Physics, to Morals and Laws; from the Universe (or Multiverse) to Earth; from Humans to Water and Food to Politics, Purity is just a series of Myths. Everything is soiled, impure, or vice.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, February 2017

Purity


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The Times Of Time


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The Times of Time

Time flows and we feel it. But time has many definitions, incarnations, existences, meaning, locations, and realities. This 2-part essay attempts frivolously to bring some sense or understanding to the times of time. I hope that this will not prove to be lost time, and worth your own time.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, January 2017

 

Pupetteering the Frenzy of Desire

Free will” or “freedom of choice” are just mantras – structured formulas of thoughts. Professionals: psychologists, media gurus, PR companies, sociologists of advertising, will make sure that you buy, shop until you drop. Will it last forever?
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, December 2016

Consumer Capitalism


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Progress


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Progress

Progress is a word, a concept, an illusion, a dream (or a nightmare), a myth, and some. But it is exquisitely and uniquely human. Homo sapiens created and nurtured Progress. What it will be belongs to us and our successors. Be aware and vigilant.
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, November 2016


"Fusion Cooking"

My most recent lecture at the "East of West, West of East"  Conference,  
Nanyang Technological University - Para Limes, Singapore 
(October 17-19, 2016)

 

The Reign of Ignoramuses

Ganders parade everywhere: on podiums, screens, airwaves, social media. They claim to know and offer (their) solutions. Swimming against the tide is arduous but healthy.
Come and dive! 
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Essay by Georges M. Halpern, October 2016

I Know Nothing...


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"Foggy Beacon"

I started this series in 2014 to collect and deepen my thoughts on various topics when they came to my mind.
Without any specific order, these essays range from Chinese philosophy and thought, to memories, and –of course!- cooking and pleasure. Neurosciences were my first passion; now they are back with amazing discoveries that may well change everything human. 
My collaboration-at-large with the Para Limes Institute of NTU has also widely open my quest and it shows: political issues, economics, language, East-West differences and connections, -the list is long. And more essays are on the way: stay tuned!
But all this research, thinking and writing would have Gone With The Wind if it were not the permanent support, guidance and computer skills of Yves P. Huin; in reading these pieces, you are also witnessing his contribution.

 

My Library

 

Selected lectures from the last 3 decades

Lectures


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Recent Essays.
More to come!

"Foggy Beacon"


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Books are obsolete the minute they were printed!
These are indicative only of my journey

Books


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