History of Sexuality

History of Sexuality Ars Erotica > Scientia Sexualis? In History of Sexuality, Foucault identifies the west as having developed a discourse about the truth of sex. However, the West is not the first place to do so. Before us, the cultures of Rome, China, Japan, India, and the Arabic-Muslim world, have all treated sex as…

Discipline and Punish

Discipline and Punish Modern punishment worse than historical punishment? Much in line his views on Madness, Foucault sees the reformation of punishment in the 18th century (i.e. from corporal and capital punishment to modern justice) as being motivated by an endeavour to make power operate more efficiently, rather than being motivated by a concern for…

History of Madness in the Classical Age

History of Madness in the Classical Age Standard histories saw the nineteenth-century medical treatment of madness (developed from the reforms of Pinel in France and the Tuke brothers in England) as an enlightened liberation of the mad from the ignorance and brutality of preceding ages. But, according to Foucault, the new idea that the mad…

The Uses and Abuses of History for Life

The Uses and Abuses of History for Life “Instruction without invigoration … knowledge not attended by action … history as a costly superfluity and luxury, must, to use Goethe’s word, be seriously hated by us—hated because we still lack even the things we need and the superfluous is the enemy of the necessary.” “We need…

Silent weapons for quiet wars

An introductory programming manual Operations Research Technical Manual TM-SW7905.1     Welcome Aboard   This publication marks the 25th anniversary of the Third World War, called the “Quiet War”, being conducted using subjective biological warfare, fought with “silent weapons“.   This book contains an introductory description of this war, its strategies, and its weaponry.  …

Mōdraniht

Mōdraniht is a celebration that was observed by Bede in the Northumbrian region of Great Britain. Judging by his account, it seems to have had some connection with the Matronae, which makes the question of its roots (Germanic, Celtic, Roman, or a combination thereof?) as questionable as the Goddess figures themselves. Back in the early…

Hesiod and Pandora’s Box and Genesis 2:4-3:24 Adam and Eve.

HESIOD was a Greek epic poet who flourished in Boeotia in the C8th B.C. He was alongside Homer the most respected of the old Greek poets. His works included a poem titled the Theogony, a cosmological work describing the origins and genealogy of the gods, Works and Days, on the subjects of farming, morality and…

The Optic Nerve And Its Visual Link To The Brain

The optic nerve, a cable–like grouping of nerve fibers, connects and transmits visual information from the eye to the brain. The optic nerve is mainly composed of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons. In the human eye, the optic nerve receives light signals from about 125 million photoreceptor cells (known as rods and cones) via two…

Vision: It all Starts with Light

Source: Society for Neuroscience To be able to see anything, eyes first need to process light. Vision begins with light passing through the cornea, which does about three-quarters of the focusing, and then the lens, which adjusts the focus. Both combine to produce a clear image of the visual world on a sheet of photoreceptors…