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McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books) NB Buddhist Studies

Gloablisation and all classes. i wonder how other major faith practices would have reacted to a book-cover taking their main spiritual leader and/or deity and adding this “art work” of Mr. McDonald to her/his likeness? i myself am a free speech militant, so am not thinking about protesting or banning or anything like that — though i did sigh and make a face. for our classes the larger point is the dollar sign at the core of globalisation (and hence, our age) that i put on our blackboard — everything can be bought and sold, everything can be monetised and commodified, even religious concepts like “mindfulness” …. and because the world has become globalised, one part of the globe, the wealthier side, can easily borrow (take? steal?) religious or other ideas from poorer parts of the globe. i haven’t read the book yet, but i am guessing the “Mc” is a shot not just at the capitalism of it, but also the distortion, superficiality — much like fast food is sort of food but also a superficial, lesser version. and the phrase “capitalist spirituality” is really interesting to me, well worth thinking of other examples. and remember, in our classes we resist and disobey this push towards either/or’s — on a global scale phenomenon like this must be critically analyzed. on the other hand, to me, if individuals in the West receive solace from even the most watered down versions of mindfulness, then i am glad for this. Professor Liang

MCMINDFULNESS: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books)

Ronald E. Purser, “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” (Repeater Books, 2019)

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OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last! Pati Jinich Mexican Table

Globalisation. humans migrate. globalisation has accelerated the rate of involuntary migration while at the same time connected more of us to one another via various information superhighways. so here is a particular dish tied to the seasonality of produce (a sense of about food and time and place very much being wiped out by globalisation ….), missed by those who migrated, appreciated by those not of these regions by virtue of their immigrant friends and neighbors and this globalisation information superhighway. add in memories, elders, ancestors, families, friends, neighborhoods, traditional markets …. ceremonies, rituals …. and you have in one brief essay, one dish, one food item, a perfect illustration of why we have organized our semester the way we have. Professor Liang

OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last! Pati Jinich Mexican Table

OK… Chiles en Nogada, at last!

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Why Young Black Chefs Need Black Mentors: Eater

Globalization. is food just about food? as we have already outlined during our first session, of course not — it is about history, family, memory, the economy, migration, culture, identity, career …. gender roles, social class, tradition, faith …. the list is nearly infinite. for our class, we use it as a microcosm — case study — on the one hand super accessible — all humans require food; and super flexible — you pick and choose which of these facets to use to connect your particular food and foodways to the broader, global patterns we are studying. Professor Liang

Why Young Black Chefs Need Black Mentors

https://www.eater.com/young-guns-rising-stars/2019/9/5/20841119/mentorship-black-chefs-hospitality-scholarships-programs

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Will AI replace university lecturers? Not if we make it clear why humans matter: The Guardian

Poli Sci and all classes. well, my sarcastic-ish initial reaction is “Hey, my students probably would prefer a robot over me ….”, and (see illustration) i would certainly hope our future robot AI professors would have better clothing than that. two sessions in and we have already had some very excellent ideas discussed about the promises and limitations of modern technology — not either/or, but for what purpose, when and how, and that big question i asked — are we using technology, or is technology using us? here, a broader, deeper connection to what we discussed Thursday — if the core engine driving globalisation is economic — and more specific, profit making, then a companion to that big question is, are we using AI robot professors because they make life better, more humane, more satisfying, or is it because it is yet another way to squeeze every last dollar out of the means of production? at the end of our Thursday session our classmate Anna asked about how much technology versus in person contact i use for networking — and in my answer i spoke basically of something inherently human — subjective, random-ish, intuitive — not a line of computer code, but something that comes from a human’s brain/soul. with emphasis on the idea that i am always actively thinking about the technology choices i am making, rather than passively letting technology designs dictate what and when i use them. while i have been experimenting with online teaching, because we are all being pressed in that direction, and because i am interested in technology, i am also skeptical of squeezing even more actual direct human interactions out of our lives. nor am i convinced that investing in more technology and machines will actually become profitable in the long run. in any case, always promising and fun to see an article appear relating to what we just discussed in class — and for Globalisation and Historiography, expect these ideas/themes to appear all semester as well. Professor Liang

Will AI replace university lecturers? Not if we make it clear why humans matter

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/06/will-ai-replace-university-lecturers-not-if-we-make-it-clear-why-humans-matter

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