Monthly Archive: January 2014

Visit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

Last Sunday ended an exhibition in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. I visited just in time and saw some beautiful and large paintings which depict in great detail the life in a royal Korean Court, during the Joseon Dynasty, (1392-1910.) The photos are below, and there is also a video about Korea at the bottom. I  include some photos from other art objects at the museum as well, from Chinese, Japanese, and Indian traditions. The museum is definitely worth a visit. Video of the Exhibition: Celebrating  Korea.

History of Human Rights

Which movements, ideas, and events have contributed to the history and development of the concept of human rights?  The following list is very selective; it shows some historical highlights that manifest the trend that runs through the Western legal and philosophical traditions. Traditional Religions all support idea that the human person has worth and value and should be treated with a measure of dignity and respect. This leads to the idea that there are enduring standards of morality and justice against which to evaluate people’s actions and the laws of communities. However, the emphasis in religion is on duties, not...

World Population, 2013 – 2050.

It’s interesting to look at some long-term world trends at the end of 2013. The graphs appear more normalized, for instance with the population growth rate above. Countries like Nigeria (see population chart below) are unfortunate exceptions. How will the world really look like in 2050? Trends are extrapolations from current and past data, enhanced with some mathematical modeling. Forecasts cannot account for unforeseeable events. We’ll see in 5 or 10 years from now, looking back, how good these numbers were. Nobody can look very far into the future, because it is really unknowable, even if we try hard to calculate...