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Ernst Mayr on questioning ‘eternal truths’

ernstmayr“The study of the basic philosophies or ideologies of scientists is very difficult because they are rarely articulated. They largely consist of silent assumptions that are taken so completely for granted that they are never mentioned …..[ But] anyone who attempts to question these ‘eternal truths’ encounters formidable resistance.”
– Ernst Mayr

One of the 20th century’s leading evolutionary biologists, taxonomists, tropical explorers, ornithologists and historians of science.

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1845 – Frederick Douglass in Ireland

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Tribute to Frederick Douglass on the Solidarity Wall in Belfast , who escaped slavery in 1838 and visited Ireland for a 4 month lecture tour in order to present his autobiography “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”.

“Perhaps no class has carried this prejudice against colour to a point more extreme and dangerous than have the Irish and yet no people have been more relentlessly persecuted and oppressed on account of race and religion” – Frederick Douglass.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In 1845, as Ireland was descending into the despair of the Great Hunger, Frederick Douglass arrived for a four-month lecture tour of the island. Douglass had escaped slavery in Maryland seven years earlier, and had recently published his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Douglass was greeted in Dublin, Belfast, and Cork by enthusiastic crowds and formed many friendships on his trip, most significantly with Daniel O’Connell, a figure still revered in Ireland today for his role in Catholic emancipation and his fierce opposition to slavery. O’Connell and Douglass shared the stage just once, in September 1845 at a rally in Dublin, but retained a mutual respect and affection until O’Connell’s death less than two years later – and Douglass acknowledged O’Connell’s influence on his philosophy and worldview for the rest of his life.

Belfast media published an article on a speech given by abolitionist…

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Philosophy: on Musical Mediocrity and the Role of Instincts

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Source: “Shenker’s Interpretive Practice”, Robert Sharrenberg, Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis, 2005. (page 146)

“Schenker’s Interpretive Practice” is the first comprehensive study of this century’s most influential music theorist, Heinrich Schenker, written by Robert Sharrenberg, recipient of the 1998 Young Scholar Award from the Society of Music Theory. 

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Καλημέρα και Καλό Μήνα / Kalimera kai Kalo Mina

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In Greece, at the beginning of each month, we wish each other “Kalimera kai Kalo Mina!”, i.e. Good morning and Good month!  Therefore rootsnwingz would like to wish its readers, followers and visitors: “Καλημέρα και Καλό Μήνα!”

To start your month off well, why don’t you try the recipe posted today on rootsnwingz.com for a perfect, authentic Greek coffee?

Thank you for a great first month and I hope you keep on supporting rootsnwingz by sharing, liking, rating, commenting and most importantly by browsing the website for posts you enjoy!

“I don’t fight for inspiration. The riddim brings inspiration. If the riddim is militant and heavy, you have to fight this battle called life. I meditate and go inside. I don’t sing a melody in front of everyone. The music is already there. I make everything from scratch. It’s not just singing a song. The bottom line is sincerity. I do it for myself. It’s about word, sound and power. It’s always about word and sound. These things come together in music.” – Vaughn Benjamin, singer of the reggae band Midnite .

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“Jungle” by Janine “Jah9” Cunningham

Jah9 is one of Jamaica’s top female reggae artists today, characterized by her always conscious and inspiring lyrics and, of course, her beautiful, powerful voice.  This is the official video to the track “Jungle” off her debut album, “New Name”.  The piece, my personal favourite, highlights life’s unfair hardships, corruption, contemporary social conflicts and problems, never giving up, securing the youth’s future and education as the solution.  The message is universal and oh so inspiring.  A big tune to help us move forward in this time. The video, directed by El & Sameel Kush-I, is particularly well made.  Realistic, beautiful, vivid and emotion/thought provoking.  Give thanks to all those involved in this project for delivering such a motivational message.  A lot more greatness can be expected to come by Jah9 in the upcoming years.  Note the quote at the end of the video…