tsunami threat

April 29, 2012, 2:15 p.m. climate change , earthquakes , tsunami

eco-enemy and tsunami daya dissanayake "Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" was the title suggested by Philip Merilees to Edward Lorenz for a talk Lorenz was to present to the American Association for the Advancment of Science in 1972. The story goes, that Lor ...

Say No to rotting flesh

April 29, 2012, 1:12 a.m. Buddhism , hunter-gatherer , vegetarian , Wesak

Say NO to Rotten Flesh daya dissanayake This is Wesak. The day symbolizing Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Nirvana. Today is a day we could contemplate on Ahimsa, and why there should be a need for the rotting flesh of animals and fish in our diet, which leads to direct or indirect violation of th ...

Cassandra & Nightingale

April 13, 2012, 5:01 a.m. cassandra , nightingale

Cassandra Nightingale daya dissanayake The tragedy of Humanity has always been due to ignoring the Cassandras among us and their warnings. Psychoanalyst Melanie Klein considered Cassandra as representing the human moral conscience whose main task is to issue warnings, while Apollo represents the des ...

pseudologia fantastica

April 4, 2012, 12:27 a.m. imagination

pseudologia fantastica daya dissanayake Dr. Michael Glock uses the term 'Pseudologia fantastica' to mean 'Truer illusions, where stories are invented and tall tales are told. Such fictional narratives are also called 'Munchausen syndrome', after the fictional Baron and his stories. Gilbert K. Cheste ...

woman and nature

April 3, 2012, 9:09 a.m.

woman is to nature what man is to culture daya dissanayake The thought that 'Women is to Nature what Man is to Culture', was mentioned by Vandana Shukla, writer, poet and journalist from Chandigarh, at the 2012 SAARC Literary Festival. She was participating in a panel discussion on Environment and F ...