Adam Michnik & Yasmine El Rashidi
“It’s been twenty-five years since the ultimate victory of the Solidarity movement in Poland, a revolution that ultimately led to the fall of communism. Adam Michnik, a Solidarity activist jailed by the Polish communist regime for his dissident activities, and now among Poland’s most prominent public figures, discusses the legacy of that revolution with Yasmine El Rashidi, a young intrepid Cairo-based journalist whose essays and articles on the (unfinished) Egyptian revolution were nominated for an Amnesty International Media Award. Can a velvet revolution offer any useful lessons to a bloody one?

http://yasminerashidi.com/index.php?/the-battle-for-egypt/the-battle-for-egypt/

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Nick Srnicek @ Socialism & Deindustrialization

Originally posted on The Disorder Of Things:

[Text of a short talk presented at Socialism and Deindustrialisation event put on by Spring. See Michael Roberts' write-up of his talk here.]

“In fact, the realm of freedom actually begins only where labour which is determined by necessity and mundane considerations ceases; thus in the very nature of things it lies beyond the sphere of actual material production.”

-Karl Marx

I want to argue today that only deindustrialisation can lead us beyond capitalism, or in other words, that post-capitalism will necessarily be post-industrial. [1] This means that rather than bemoan the loss of manufacturing jobs, or struggle to lure them back, deindustrialisation should instead be applauded as an important and irreversible achievement. Historically speaking, it is akin to the move away from agriculture-based economies. Just as the mechanisation of agriculture freed people from reliance on working the land, the deindustrialisation process has the potential to free people from the…

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“Ever since their chance discovery back in 1992 mirror neurons have captured the imagination of both scientists and nonscientists, but their actual role remains mostly speculative.Dr. Gregory Hickok (UC-Irvine) explains why the most popular theory is probably wrong. He also provides a fascinating account of how science is really done and the sobering lesson that scientists can fall prey to the same cognitive biases (and tendencies toward laziness) that plague all humans.”

http://ec.libsyn.com/p/4/1/c/41c1ef3a24587b3e/112-BSP-Hickok.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d06c98337d6c85b1c02&c_id=7743893

http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/2014/what-do-mirror-neurons-really-do-bsp-112

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