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CHARLOTTESVILLE, CONFEDERATE STATUES AND THE DEEPER DIMENSIONS OF SYMBOLISM

   © Edgar J. Ridley 2017 The movement to remove confederate statues and/or renaming university buildings is but the latest attempt to correct the wrongs of history.  The current dialogue around the symbolism of the Confederate flag reminds us of … Continue reading

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CHARLOTTESVILLE IS NO SURPRISE – TRUMP IS MERELY CONTINUING HISTORY’S TRADITIONS

Edgar J. Ridley © 2017 On the day of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration as President of the United States, a select group of Republicans conspired on how they would deny any legislation proposed by the President.  (Draper, 2012).    Fast forward … Continue reading

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RÉSOLUTION DES CONFLITS AU 21e SIÈCLE

Edgar J. Ridley © 2,016 Nous devons être prudents de ne pas ignorer les symptômes qui fournissent ces conflits – alors seulement nous pouvons éradiquer le comportement symbolique de notre existence. Tensions ethniques / religieux actuels du Nigeria sont symptomatiques … Continue reading

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THE MISSING INGREDIENT IN AFRICAN GOVERNANCE: A CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR

We should be careful not to ignore the symptoms that these conflicts provide – only then can we eradicate symbolic behavior from our existence. The latest report on Africa’s governance has been released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Much to … Continue reading

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THE ANSWER TO THE DILEMMA OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE:  SYMPTOMATIC THINKING

©   Edgar J. Ridley 2015 The 24th annual International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is faced with a dilemma.  At least 1000 members of the IJCAI have signed a letter expressing concern about the future potential … Continue reading

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FROM RWANDA TO THE RUNWAY

Copyright 2015 Edgar J. Ridley It is a fact that the European myth of beauty and attractiveness caused the genocide in Rwanda between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes.  The 1995 genocide that took place in Rwanda, in East-Central Africa, was … Continue reading

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HAS RACISM GOTTEN WORSE?

 ©   Edgar J. Ridley 2015 An area of study, called Cognitive Semiotics, decides how people behave and make decisions.  When we study the different disciplines and ransack the literature of the world, it is obvious that symbols and their effect … Continue reading

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METAPHORS ARE NOT THE ANSWER

Edgar J. Ridley 2015 Church services were resumed today at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church in South Carolina.  Unfortunately, we have yet to recognize the futility of metaphors that are typical in bible worship.  Emotionally, it may provide a short term … Continue reading

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Rachel Dolezal  and the Myth of Race

©  Edgar J. Ridley 2015 Rachel Dolezal’s identification of herself as Black or African-American has caused quite a firestorm.  That is not unusual, for there is a global obsession with race, certainly highlighted here in America.  Even Dolezal was too … Continue reading

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The Key to Solving the Ebola Crisis: Behaving Symptomatically is the Key

Edgar J. Ridley ©2014  It is generally asserted that Africans’ superstitious thought processes and behavior patterns make it difficult for many diseases to be controlled. However, the Ebola crisis presents a special danger because of its potential high mortality rate … Continue reading

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