Monthly Archives: March 2016

Water without frontiers by Thanos Kalamidas

ovicover_22_03_16Air, water, food. Without those three no life. It’s simple as that. And there is a reason water stands in the middle. Look at the latest space adventures. We want to go to Mars, we are talking about settlers or Mars and we look desperately for water. Any sign of water. Water will bring air and food. With a lot of help but it is achievable. Any planet with signs of water means life.

About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered and up to 60 percent of the human adult body is water. The human brain and heart are composed of 73 percent water, and the lungs are about 83 percent water. The skin contains 64 percent water, muscles and kidneys are 79 percent, and even the bones are watery: 31 percent. Each day humans must consume a certain amount of water to survive. Of course, this varies according to age and gender, and also by where someone lives. Generally, an adult male needs about 3 litters per day while an adult female needs about 2.2 litters per day. Some of this water is gotten in food.

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

 

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Cleveringa and the GWP Change Agenda

gw02The Executive Secretary of GWP, Rudolph Cleveringa, says that GWP as a network needs to change: “We can’t use the same agenda as we did 20 years ago”. Approaching World Water Day 2016, Cleveringa takes a moment to reflect on GWP’s 20 years in the water world and talks about his vision on how to make the network fit for the future – local inclusion and diversity are words he uses to make his point.

Rudolph Cleveringa has been working at the GWP global secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden, since September 2014. Prior to this, he spent over a decade working for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) based in Rome, Italy – and throughout the years he has lived and worked in several countries and continents, mostly in jobs related to water and development.

“In the late 60’s I read a pocket book about water and development by a French author. This triggered my interest in water and led me to study agro-hydrology and engineering. Later I switched from engineering to social engineering, because I wanted to understand what made projects work for people in the context of the countries where I was living.”

Read the whole article in Ovi Magazine, HERE!

 

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Films that made history #6 (Ovi poster)

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by | March 19, 2016 · 10:43 am

Sir Richard Burton: A Gnostic Bridge to Asian Culture by Rene Wadlow

ovicover_19_03_16As Edward Rice stresses in his biography of Richard Burton, whose birth anniversary we mark on 19 March, “Burton’s adult life was passed in a ceaseless quest for the kind of secret knowledge he labeled broadly as ‘Gnosis’ by which he hoped to uncover the very source of existence and the meaning of his role on earth.” (1)

Historically, the word ‘gnosis’ means knowledge, a certain interior, intuitive cognition, sometimes called ‘the gnosis of the heart’ by which the ‘awake’ individual is able to understand the transcendental presence within himself. The mystical experience of the gnosis is most often set into myth and folk tales. Burton believed that the same gnosis was in the background of all myths, and he studied Hindu Tantra, Sikhism and Kablalah but his most lasting interest was in Islamic Sufism.

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Films that made history #5 (Ovi poster)

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by | March 16, 2016 · 12:17 am

Ovi Symposium; sixty-seventh Meeting

ovicover_15_03_16In this 67th issue of the Ovi symposium we continue the explorations and the ongoing dialogue already begun in the previous issue on the image of God and the role of myth, imagination and reason in the construction of such an image. We continue to compare the Hellenistic rationalistic conception of the ancient Greek philosophers, principally Plato and Aristotle, to the Biblical conception as found in both Old and New Testament in the Bible which indeed is composed of two interrelated parts. This remains a thorny and controversial topic since it has to do with the role of mythology and historicism, reason and revelation, within religion. They may at first sight appear mutually exclusive, not to speak of the cultural identity of the EU vis a vis Christianity.

The issue ultimately revolves around this thorny question: are mythology and history logically mutually exclusive, or is a synthesis desirable and possible within the world of the intelligible? If we consider them mutually exclusive, are we not thereby also rendering irrelevant the whole opus of a Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa Theologiae) whose main insight seems to be that the harmonization of reason and faith is desirable and indeed possible? Moreover, by eliminating the phenomenon of religion, and particularly Christianity, from European culture (as de facto many Europeans already do in practice), by considering it as retrograde and passé, a la Voltaire, are we not also destroying its identity? Is 18th century Enlightenment all that is necessary?

These are burning questions that require a modicum of reflection, clarification and some answers in the light of the turmoil or our times as we begin a new millennium. In this regard I have made a modest contribution with a series of articles for Ovi magazine spanning eight years. For the convenience of any curious inquisitive Ovi reader I have compiled in section two a recapitulation of all the titles of said articles, in reverse chronological order. They can easily be retrieved and downloaded via the Ovi search engine.

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EARTH AT RISK (Ovi Posters)

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