International Relations theory throws an interesting light on some of our current political issues around Brexit and the UN, especially sovereignty
This page on IR Theory and Practice is the main page in the section, and there is a second page about Internationalism vs Globalisation
International Relations (IR) theory and practice
As I have (belatedly) begun to be interested in the academic world, one of the things that has most interested me has been International Relations Theory. I have not yet gone in to it as deeply as I want to, but it seems of key importance to me - some of the things the academics are writing about seem to be directly about 'human nature' and the 'collective unconscious'.
I had a fantasy ......... There used to be a joke going around, mostly among men (I think) and mostly in the early days of computers. It goes something like ……
I tried to do a software migration for one of my software packages – I tried to go from Girlfriend v2.0 and upgrade to Wife v1.0. However, it hasn’t worked due to several bugs in the new software, and it seems I can’t uninstall that and go back to the Girlfriend application. What can I do ??
I know it’s not very funny, but, there is some truth in it too
How Humans and Computers interact
There are a lot of interesting parallels and contrasts between humans and computers
Our success in developing computer technology gives us the chance to use what works with computers to reflect back on our human abilities and characteristics, and to learn something about ourselves in the process.
I’ve done this in several sections (and keep thinking of more):-
Human Operating System
I thought of this recently, so it’s only a start ........
People seem to have very different operating systems
- Some systems work well on lager, cigarettes and burgers
- Others seem to require organic vegetarian food
- Others seem to need gourmet food and wine
- Some OS’s are optimised for sitting on a settee playing computer games
Mind/brain vs computer (and internet)
People use all sorts of metaphors to describe the mind, and I want to try this one ........
Essentially computers operate using 7 layers between what is actually happening inside the central processor chip– the 0’s and 1’s of binary, and what the user sees – the app on the screen
Is this parallel to the way the mind works ?
Imagine a politician who spends the day debating new farming regulations in Parliament. She calls into the supermarket for some groceries on the way home, and then goes to a restaurant for a meal later. The politician will have approached food in 3 entirely different ways - at work as a matter for regulation, in the supermarket in terms of price and attractiveness, and in the restaurant in terms of service and sophistication.
These three different contexts have involved the same food - the contents of the shopping basket are the same as the food on the plate in the restaurant, and the same subject of the regulations. The same food is evaluated in different ways, and different discourses are used about it in the different contexts.