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I'm listening to the audiobook of Marc Morris's The Norman Conquest & am currently learning about the events which led up to it. It is a story of individual "nobles" & their families pursuing their OWN, largely material, self-interests.
These personal self-interests are rationalised & equated with some higher, national or divine self-interest, but the peasants are treated with contempt, a human resource to serve in nobles' armies or work their fields, to be pillaged & abused at their whim.
The inequality was institutional & hardly distinguishable form that between slave & master. Indeed, many slaves were, I suspect, better treated by their masters than many peasants were by their lords. And at the time, few seem to have even questioned this inequality.
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In the aftermath of Nazism & the Holocaust, the #SocialSciences (incl. many traumatised Jews) led Western civilisation astray by blaming the horrors of Nazism on human tribalism & prejudice, which, instead of developing an understanding of, they demonised & suppressed. @epkaufm
This demonisation of human tribalism & prejudice was quickly weaponised as an instrument of socio-political intimidation & control, which, in the form of post-racial multiculturalism & DIVERSITY has dominated western societies (esp. Britain France & America) ever since.
If we're to create just, humane & sustainable societies it will only be through understanding & learning to work with, rather than against, evolved human nature, including our tribalism & prejudices. Demonising, suppressing & weaponising them will lead - is leading - to disaster.
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How do we re-imagine our Educational Institutions?

History is important...#PostcardsFromALAIGBO

An old but very relevant piece by Obi Nwakanma

1/ "As a result of Azikiwe’s own ideas of the university, he pushed for the establishment of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka,.."
2/ "Zik passed the charter of the University through the Eastern Nigeria House in 1955. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka was established in 1955, but it opened its gates for the first 280 students on Oct 7, 1960, just one week on the attainment of Nigeria’s independence..."
3/ "Aside from Azikiwe, the next most important figure in the establishment of University of Nigeria was Dr. I.U. Akpabio, Minister for education in the government Azikiwe led in the East. Akpabio & Zik traveled around seeking funds across the world for the proper establishment."
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Next panel on #nextgen of problem solvers and enabling #interdisciplinarity, bringing trainee voices to the table πŸ‘ #CSPC2018 @sciencepolicy
Ghose leads the #womeninscience Centre at @Laurier and works in physics and computer science ncl #quantum, and #interdisciplinary is just a big word to her. There is no choice to cross disciplines in her research, which also bridges into #SocialSciences #CSPC2018
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