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Mind the Gap

According to Swedish professor in International Health and distinguished TED-speaker Hans Rosling many of us have an outdated conception of the world’s economic situation. At a recent lecture at the University of Oslo Rosling pointed out that while the USA, straight after the outbreak of the recent economic crisis, became in debt to Brazil, countries […]

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Christmas Learning

We are soon to enter a new festival season, and many of you are now are leaving studies or work for some days, or even weeks off. Spend time to celebrate christmas in one or another fashion, spend time with family and friends, and spend time gaining strength. While it’s good to have some time […]

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The Cloud in the Sky

As I’m writing this I’m watching the clouds over the mountains between the east and west of Norway from above. On this DY 1354 flight to Edinburgh with Norwegian Air Shuttle I was promised Internet connectivity, but technical errors occurred and I had to write this blog post in my OpenOffice editor instead of in […]

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Stormberger

Da Steinar J. Olsen skrev på bloggen sin at han ønsket andre bloggere til å lese hans nye bok Stormberger for så å komme med tilbakemeldinger svarte jeg i kommentarfeltet at dette er noe jeg kunne tenke meg. Jeg har nå lest boka og her er noen av mine tanker rundt boka, historiene som fortelles […]

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Last ned bøker gratis og lovlig

Jeg har de siste to årene hatt stor glede av en finurlighet i opphavsrettslovgivningen, og nå ønsker jeg å dele dette tipset med deg. På Internett kan du finne mye materiale gratis, og ofte kan det være vanskelig å avgjøre hvorvidt det er lovlig å bruke eller å bygge på verker du finner online. Kanskje […]

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politics society

A Comment on: Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks

In an essay on Wikileaks the Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist Slavoj Žižek discusses Wikileaks and different aspects on how it can be understood. In this short paper I have tried to use some of the elements mentioned in his text. Wikileaks has been subject to great public attention after they in 2010 published diplomatic […]

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politics society studies

Habermas and the Public Sphere

The German philosopher Jürgen Habermas is maybe the most acknowledged philosopher living today. He is considered to be the heir of the Frankfurt Institute of Social Research where he worked early in his academic career. His first book, which was also his habilitationsschrift (A post-doctoral work done to be recognized as a professor in Germany): […]

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Two events

2011. We are now entering the 10th year since the terrible attacks on the World Trade Center which shook the world and imposed a view of a world where everything can happen. I remember the happening, sitting in the school bus home from Tynset I’ve got a text telling me that a plane had crashed […]

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Christmas

I’m now back in Norway to celebrate Christmas. More than one week holiday during the shortest days and longest nights of the year is a good break in between two summers. Yesterday the dinner table was filled up with food, drinks and sweets and the pace of life slowed down to an absolute minimum with […]

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Student demonstration in Edinburgh

The UK government coalition of Tories and the Liberal Democrats has annonced cuts in welfare due to the economical situation. Edinburgh students were demonstrating today for what the call a lie, and it is especially the cabinet deputy and LibDem leader Nick Clegg students are raging against -We know you are a Tory, furied the […]