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If you are overwhelmed with the daily routine of the here and now and don’t have time to step back and reflect. If you feel that you are increasingly surprised by new developments. If you feel that the lack of a broader picture makes your work less effective. Then you’ve landed on the right page.

Looking Sideways aims to make you step back, explore and reconsider. It aims to empower you to take a different tack to the challenge at hand. It aims to provide novel facts and evidence-based insights, and deconstruct self-evident truths (which are often just socially endorsed stereotypes). When the truth is no more than lies waiting to come out, curiosity is the best medicine.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 22 Apr 2012 | From the channel/s: 

I was reading Eric HOBSBAWM’s excellent eulogy on Tony Judt[1] this rainy morning. One sentence struck me. Speaking of the end of the Communist system, this Marxist historian stated: “The real heroes of the period [i.e.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 18 Apr 2012 | From the channel/s: 

The Barbarians are coming!” – cries Charles A. KUPCHAN[1]  from up there, inside the crows-nest high up above the deck of the Good Ship “West”, which reels and pitches in the heavy seas of contemporary history.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 13 Apr 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Jovan has asked me to reflect on how to determine the “public interest”. As a lazy skeptic I’ve shied away from the subject. It is at the crossroads of epistemology, chaos theory, political science, and consciousness – and much more.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 10 Apr 2012 | From the channel/s: 

In the beginning Western art did not take easily to realism, irony, and caricature. Greek and Roman art was set mainly in the heroic and hieratic mode. Paintings of private homes of Pompeii and Herculaneum at times suggest the grotesque and numinous. Irony was but a hint – if at all.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 9 Apr 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Jovan has culled this piece of news for me:

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By Aldo Matteucci on 1 Apr 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Among the “theories” that litter the field of international relations the “democratic peace theory” holds pride of place. Not only has the subject been painstakingly researched for verification; the theory has informed much current political thinking in the field.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 28 Mar 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Intellectual property rights, such as patents, are “good good good” - or so we say out loud. Well, way may be soon chanting a different tune.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 26 Mar 2012 | From the channel/s: 

When too many unknowns chase too few equations one gets the “over-determination problem”: too many possible explanations for the same phenomenon. One has no way of choosing among them objectively. Conspiracy theories are analogous: too many unknowns for the few facts we observe.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 22 Mar 2012 | From the channel/s: 

Ancient Greece developed a unique way of settling disagreements among cities: hoplites met in a plain, fought for a day and abided by the outcome.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 31 Dec 2011 | From the channel/s: 

(A conjecture – not a theory)

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