Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | December 23, 2012
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Take Christ out of Christmas
With the increasing commercialisation and secularisation of Christmas, we often hear the plea to 'put Christ back into Christmas', to remember 'the real meaning of the Christmas', and 'the reason for the season'. But I am saying we should take Christ totally out of Christmas and make it an entirely secular festival!

I am the light of the world
I've repeatedly tried to explain my viewpoint that Jesus was a saviour of the world, but His method was education, not bloody sacrifice.

Restructuring values and attitudes
Christmas and end of year are here again. A good time to consider resocialisation - if we are not too caught up with flossing and blinging out and tormenting our neighbours with the blast of Christmas parties, although things may be quieter and more reflective this year, at least in western Jamaica.

Merry Christmyths
Assuming that the world did not end on December 21, 2012, you are reading this column and snickering at the pagan Maya who made the prediction. Laugh as much as you want, but they are also thinking that we are idiots celebrating a feast which is full of myths, ignorance and sheer lies.

Terrorism begins at home
Heading into our family Christmas celebrations, when there's time to reflect on what it all means, it's no wonder so many of us suddenly feel punched in the stomach by this terrible news of the Connecticut elementary school massacre - in which 20 young children and six adults were gunned down mercilessly by Adam Lanza, who also shot himself. (He had killed his mother earlier at home.) There are no words to express what the holidays will now be like for those left behind.

When the winner takes all - Time to rethink our brand of competitive politics?
If there is ever a time in our history to focus our minds on the collective challenges of our people and country, even while we focus on our individualistic ambitions of personal attainment, that time is now.

Gender equity and education
Over the last two decades, the ways in which the outputs and outcomes of regional Caribbean education systems have been mediated by issues of gender have captured both the popular imagination, as well as that of Caribbean scholars, education practitioners and education policymakers alike.

Will robots out-think and outman us soon?
'The singularity' is a term invented by science-fiction writer Vernor Vinge in 1993 to describe the moment when human beings cease to be the most intelligent creatures on the planet. The threat, in his view, came not from very clever dolphins but from hyper-intelligent machines. But would they really be a threat?


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