Journal of Academic Perspectives
Journal of Academic Perspectives

Volume 2012 No 2

The Correlations in Intellectual Activity between the Arts and Sciences: Creativity, Construction and Communication

Robert A. Spalletta, The University of Scranton, US

 

Countering the Radical Islamist Message: Image Management as a Counter-terror Strategy

Brent J. Talbot, US Air Force Academy, US

 

Human Development and Public Policy: An Assessment of Marxist Ideologies in India

Santosh Saha, Mount Union College, US

The Correlations in Intellectual Activity between the Arts and Sciences: Creativity, Construction and Communication

Robert A. Spalletta, The University of Scranton, US

The schism between the arts and the sciences as detailed by C. P. Snow in his 1959 Rede Lecture is based on a perception brought about by the divergence in the intra-practitioner communications methods used by the two categories of intellectual activity, and not on any real differences. This will be shown by first dividing human activities into three general categories of specialization, showing that the arts and sciences fall into the same broad category of specialization, and finally, outlining how the different sub-specializations within their common specialization remain fluid and interconnected.
The advantage human beings have over other species is not based on their physical nature, but rather their intellectual abilities. Humans can apply their intellect to solve the problems they
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Countering the Radical Islamist Message: Image Management as a Counter-terror Strategy

Brent J. Talbot, US Air Force Academy, US

The ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu declared that it was best “to subdue the enemy without fighting” and goes on to explain that understanding and defeating the enemy strategy—aided by superior information/intelligence—rather than attacking the enemy force, is the best means of doing so. Strategists must consider public opinion as a strategic center of gravity. Radical Islamist enemies understand and use propaganda to distort the truth to their advantage. Thus, the US needs to conduct “Image management,” a new term which avoids the old connotations of propaganda, even the more recently tainted “strategic communication/influence,” and offers a fresh start at telling the truth, getting the word out, in order to counter the misleading use of information by America’s enemi
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Human Development and Public Policy: An Assessment of Marxist Ideologies in India

Santosh Saha, Mount Union College, US

“Human development,” as a process of enlarging people’s choices, is a re-focused conception of development, in contrast to development seen centrally as economic growth. A study of human development policy grounded on economic and scientific fundamentals improves on a purely empirical approach to policy evaluation. This method, however, leaves unresolved whether human development is the infrastructure or the content of social activities, or whether it is both. Issues become complicated when human development is classified as a public good that is under-produced by society. Most Indian intellectuals and political activists take a synergistic position that action of state and citizens can be based on complementary embeddedness, whereas a vigorous leftist intellectual and distinguished
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