Constellations - Vol. 4, No. 4, January 2014 - April 2014 (Rabī‘ al-Awwal 1435 - Jumādā al-Ākhirah 1435)

 

This edition brings together a number of thoughtful responses to the challenges of our times and social transformations with technology. There are also special editions of Inflection and Reflection, on Pakistan and the death of Nelson Mandela respectively...

 

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In this issue’s Inflection Shafiq Morton visits Pakistan, one of the few countries in the world that declares itself an Islamic Republic. Often one wonders how Islam and the modern State, or Islam and Politics interlace, despite the nonsense generated by many writers and leaders, which profits from our confusion and delusion. Often we do not question the ‘experts’ or the ‘leaders’ and fail to recognise that there may be many complex issues or conflicts of interest at play, and alternative ways forward.


We also feature special reflection on Nelson Mandela, written by Shafiq Morton who covered Mandela’s release from prison as a journalist, and has followed his story since then. Mandela is a modern day example of what we could be, one of the few positive role models out there whose life and collective struggle we would do well to learn from.


 

The Extreme Energy Series continues with oil exploration in extreme areas such as the Arctic. Michael Finesilver once again challenges the modern day construct of Science in his paper on the Aether Lives, which is thought-provoking reading for all.

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

TITLE

PAGE

QUOTES

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NEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

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INTERESTING WEBSITES: Arduino

(www.arduino.cc)

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ARTICLE 1: I-Opening: Four Paintings Expressing Awareness of Self-Identity as a Dynamic Inclusion of Natural Neighbourhood

Alan Rayner

15

ARTICLE 2: Encyclement: A Natural Inclusional Cosmology of Life and Love

Alan Rayner

23

ARTICLE 3:Electric Cars Today are Mostly Coal-Powered

Suleyman Tan Eng Tong

27

ARTICLE 4: Social Change and the Impact of Technology

Suleyman Tan Eng Tong

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INFLECTION 16:  Pakistan: The Story is in the Pixels

Shafiq Morton

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SPECIAL IMASE REFLECTION:  “Madiba Magic”, the Parts that Make the Whole: A Tribute to Mandela

Shafiq Morton

35

JOURNAL SECTION

IMASE Extreme Energy Series No. 4

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The Aether Lives

Michael I. Finesilver

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