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East-West in Postnormal Times (Editorial)

Ziauddin Sardar

East West Affairs 1 (1) 1-12 January-March

OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,

Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat

When Rudyard Kipling wrote these lines in ‘The Ballad of East and West’, they were applauded and became a raging success because they expressed precisely how the world was viewed in the heyday of Empire. Unfortunately, mental structures long outlast the work of human hands. Ideas conquer more territory and maintain more authority than all the armies of the Queen Empress eulogized by Kipling, who was … Read More

My Work

“As you surf the Net, read newspapers, blogs and tweets, watch YouTube and merge yourself in gossip, consider how little all the multiplicity of information available tells you about anything that is not of the West, derivative of the history, ideas, experience and technology of that dispensation. There is a coherent historic narrative out there – but it is the narrative of the gradual expansion of consciousness, will to power, dominance and self expression of a peninsula to the north of the Mediterranean Sea called Europe and its offshoot over the waters, the USA. It is the story that has … Read More

Machines and Metaphors

Long before the advent of computers, the French mathematician Laplace (1749-1827), proclaimed: Give me the past and present co-ordinates of any system and I will tell you its future.

This was not an aberration, a jerk reaction in a moment of drunken arrogance. It was a statement of faith. When the history of science and mathematics took a wrong turn and landed in Europe, it found itself imprisoned in a mechanical metaphor. Europe took Indian, Chinese and Islamic sciences and mathematics and stripped them off the higher worldviews of these civilisations and caged them in a reductive universe. Reason was

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