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God in details

July 27, 2007 at 12:29 am (Ethics, search engines, SEO, web search)

 Here in this blog post I am trying to understand, what information is available on the best search engines on the internet.

For convenience I have chosen the three popular ones, which I tent to use most commonly- The Google, Live and Ask.com.So, my first search is the time and space i.e 1976  India and U.S. why did I chose to search for only these three countries, well I am originally from India and now living in the U.S, but why the U.K? I am not sure maybe the British Raj has that influence on Indians like me. Actually, will try and check out other countries too. The other question that would pop in head would be why 1976, that is the year I was born, but again nothing in particular. My main focus remains is to study what information is available for particular time and space. On the same line I picked up a particular subject to see what are the results of it. History being one of my favorites, along with architecture, anthropology and technology. So, I go ahead with my search I found The initial results with 1976 and India on the three search engines are not the same, well except presence of Wikipedia everywhere the Google search focused mostly on history and politics, sports (mostly cricket) with 30% of the entries, international affairs and movies behind it with equal number of entries about medicine, food, education and surprisingly technology. With subjects like archeology, heath ( no yoga stuff) and art stand way back beyond 150th. The live search results show no difference in the number of entries for history and politics, way more results on technology and science, with art and writing and sports in equal numbers, quite a few personal profiles (?) and also trade and marketing related searches. There are least no of entries on movie and entertainment unlike Google. While I browsed through the search results on Ask.com, many of the entries where related to music and entertainment sharing the podium with person entries. Limited number of search for all the other topics covered by the above two search engines. This is something un-imaginable; Google search first 40 results show movies and entertainment entries more then 60% with sports and cars filling up the rest. The talk about space appears first on the 200th number and at last history link just behind it. The live and ask.com search on 1976 USA is not far behind in the number of movie and entertainment links but for a change shows various other links related to education, news and sports. From a user point of view, the more detailed and specified is you search the more successful you are bound to be in the search and guess what, that equally apply to the creator of the information.Well most of us would know to top the list of search engines there are a few things to be kept in mind, the accessibility for the web-spider to spider, index, and rank web pages. This is achieved through simple practices as separating style from content, minimizing obtrusive JavaScript, and streamlining code. And the second is SEO, or the Search engine optimization is the process of continuously monitoring your ranking in different search engines and adjusting your pages and keywords to get a higher page ranking. Search engine optimization (SEO) is creating or altering websites to best be indexed on search engines. And there are consultancies taking care of it for certain amount of maintenance fee. But sometimes, Some companies can hurt your ranking and in some case get you de-listed from major search engines like Google, by using techniques that are against the constantly changes rules that the search engines follow.  And for all I thought it was the importance of information and not the ‘cyber-tactics’ behind it.

Coming back to the searches for India and USA, and appling the rules that keep the searches on high ranks, the conclusion could be most of the information which is more ‘Cyber savvy’ are more of theory based, where as the ones on the USA is more consumer centric.

Hence, I would conclude with a fraise, that was constantly imbibed throughout  my education, specially while studing architecture.

“God lies is details”

   

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Ethics for Me

July 20, 2007 at 10:05 pm (Ethics)

Ethics The dictionary meaning would be something like this 

 A system of moral principles: the ethics of a culturethe rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions

Or

a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.

Or

Moral principles, as of an individualOr That branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions. 

Why I choose this word for my first blog post, well, it is one of the things that cross my mind whenever I think of practice and it as a strong link to my interests that include social science and psychology.  In my view we as individual and we as a group of individuals forming a society form, practice, reform and regulate ethics.

The main branches of ethics include the ‘Meta-ethics’, ‘Normative Ethics’, ‘Descriptive Ethics’ and the most common form is the ‘Applied Ethics’.

Applied Ethics then divides in a numbers of its branches are utilized in our day to day conduct  The ethics in politics and economics Environmental ethicsEthics of profession Ethics of health care Ethics in psychology and the legal ethics  This field of ethics, also called as moral philosophy is been defined and redefined by philosophers for centuries. ‘Many conceptions of ethics in the ancient world were based on or influenced by the Greeks, particularly Plato and Aristotle. The former thought that people were inclined to be good and desired happiness; the problem was to know what would bring about that good in the first place. If they acted wrongly, it was due to not understanding how they should go about achieving happiness in the best way—not because they wanted to act wrongly or badly.’- By Paul Newallso, are these theories of ethics written from a vision or are experiences that forms the its systemization. On the one hand, ethics are already decided but need to be discovered—whether they be created by someone or something, or just “waiting” to be found; on the other, they are not set in stone but are discussed in one way or another and arrived at through agreement, with due regard for practicalities. Basis of ethics  Natural law, the assessment of results, and the sense of moral obligation: these three (sometimes singly, sometimes mixed together) form the basis of any ethics. Natural law and a sense of moral obligation, usually lead to the framing of general moral principles: that this or that sort of action is right or wrong. It is quite another matter whether it is fair to apply any such general rule to each and every situation. By the same token, the utilitarian assessment of results, although apparently more immediately practical, is always open to the ambiguity of fate, for we never really know the long-term consequences of what we do. In Book 1 of Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle says:
Every art and every enquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.
 The assessment of results or the Utilitarianism is a moral theory associated particularly with Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), a philosopher, lawyer and social reformer. It goes on the lines as; the right thing to do on any occasion is that which aims to give maximum happiness for all concerned.  And the last but the most ambiguous contributor of ethics is the sense of moral obligation, which is relative to time, space and situation that is constantly changing, hence challenges its definition and quantification in the basis of ethics.  The idea of this post is not mere accumulation of definitions and theory on ethics, but an effort to understand it and mostly, to research into something that I followed but never questioned or reasoned into. And from what I understand of ethics is it the third base ‘the sense of moral obligation’ that is most intriguing, cause the entire base shifts to the ‘morals’ which are ever evolving and subject to change constantly.  Hope you enjoy the post!

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