He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

the world is complex and any theoretical attempt to capture it completely necessarily falls short. in turn to understand social and political life one must become part of it.

Two other schools of thought that reject naturalism are critical theory and postmodernism. Both of these approaches agree that social inquiry must be in part interpretive. They also agree with advocates of hermeneutics that interpretation is an inherently evaluative activity. Thus they reject naturalism’s goal of value neutrality. Their most important contribution to the critique of value neutrality lies in their exploration of the various ways that social science can serve to legitimate and reinforce oppressive values, beliefs and practices and thereby mask domination. Far from being unbiased, value neutrality represents a hidden ideology.

Social Science, Philosophy of

how are we facing that “communities” are becoming “private cities” and “gated communities”?

Skyscrapers — but no sewage system. Meet a city run by private industry
Skyscrapers — but no sewage system. Meet a city run by private industry

And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

is this possible in a world about money?

lol “all models are false except some are usefull”

Don’t build your home, grow it!

Design at the intersection of technology and biology

Magical houses, made of bamboo

Architecture that repairs itself?

A park underneath the hustle and bustle of New York City

How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

Sanitation is a basic human right

Let’s talk crap. Seriously.

How I brought a river, and my city, back to life

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help

How to go to space, without having to go to space

Can we find a sustainable alternative to oil?

this participation in world affairs leads one to adopt interests and identities that color ones understanding. without this coloring, the world would remain invisible to us. yet this coloring often obscures as much as it reveals.

william james observed that “a great many people think they are thinking, when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

despite a theorists most diligent effort at critical self reflection, there is no guarantee that his or her thinking does not largely consist in the rearrangement of biases born or particular interest and identities.

The beauty of data visualization

Computing a theory of all knowledge

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

this video makes me cry sometimes… but you know what… how many have suffered for what was right…

is earth an interface of the heavens?

however if “we” take pride in our own interface does it get in the way of “praising” the source?

God of Wonders by Third Day