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Every one knows what Positivism is- what is B+ve, What is tough minded optimism, What is Positive Thinking Ain’t it?
Definition or Positivism :
A Concept that only scientific knowledge is the true knowledge of the world perceived through senses (the observable phenomenon). It is actually an extension of empiricism, and although it traces its roots to the UK philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626), it was popularized by the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857).

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And some great quotable quotes:
“The sacred formula of positivism: love as a principle, the order as a foundation, and progress as a goal.”
― Auguste Comte
“From the study of the development of human intelligence, in all directions, and through all times, the discovery arises of a great fundamental law, to which it is necessarily subject, and which has a solid foundation of proof, both in the facts of our organization and in our historical experience. The law is this: that each of our leading conceptions — each branch of our knowledge — passes successively through three different theoretical conditions: the theological, or fictitious; the metaphysical, or abstract; and the scientific, or positive. In other words, the human mind, by its nature, employs in its progress three methods of philosophizing, the character of which is essentially different, and even radically opposed: namely, the theological method, the metaphysical, and the positive. Hence arise three philosophies, or general systems of conceptions on the aggregate of phenomena, each of which excludes the others. The first is the necessary point of departure of the human understanding, and the third is its fixed and definitive state. The second is merely a state of transition.”
― Auguste ComteCours de philosophie positiv
Positivist man is a curious creature who dwells in the tiny island of light composed of what he finds scientifically “meaningful,” while the whole surrounding area in which ordinary men live from day to day and have their dealings with other men is consigned to the outer darkness of the “meaningless.” Positivism has simply accepted the fractured being of modern man and erected a philosophy to intensify it.

Existentialism, whether successfully or not, has attempted instead to gather all the elements of human reality into a total picture of man. Positivist man and Existentialist man are no doubt offspring of the same parent epoch, but, somewhat as Cain and Abel were, the brothers are divided unalterably by temperament and the initial choice they make of their own being.”
― William BarrettIrrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy

POSITIVISM-
A philosophy that denies our knowledge of the Real and affirms our ignorance of the Apparent. Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer.
Ambrose Bierce
Never indulge in people who follow a negative path because they will take you with them on the road of ruin. Show them the way to positivism even if there’s a risk of losing their friendship.
Siddharth Katragadda
I am not a positivist. Positivism states that what cannot be observed does not exist. This conception is scientifically indefensible, for it is impossible to make valid affirmations of what people ‘can’ or ‘cannot’ observe. One would have to say ‘only what we observe exists,’ which is obviously false.
Albert Einstein
Positivism eliminates any kind of natural law principle – for example, that there are economic laws which can be transgressed only at your peril. With positivism, there is a tendency to leap into ad hoc economic theory.
Murray Rothbard
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Term of the Day – Human Resources

TERM OF THE DAY AUGUST 16, 2016
human resources f   t
The division of a company that is focused on activities relating to employees. These activities normally include recruiting and hiring of new employees, orientation andtraining of current employees, employee benefits, and retention. Formerly calledpersonnel.
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When I got my new job, I had to report to the human resources department for new worker orientation and to set up my tax information.
I subscribe to different newsletters.  I found this definition / Term of the Day for HR interesting.  Has HR evolved to have new definitions / does still fulfill the definition mentioned above/ Has HR completely transformed and moved ahead?  
I am wondering. 

Govt News in Brief

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

Govt News in Brief

Sh Dharmendra Pradhan meets Mrs Delcy Rodriguez, Minister of External Affairs and Mr Eulogio del Pino, Minister of Petroleum of Venezuela.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan held a bilateral meeting with Mrs Delcy Rodriguez, Minister of External Affairs, and Mr Eulogio del Pino, Minister of Petroleum of Venezuela. Mrs Rodriguez is currently on a visit to India from 17-19 August 2016 along with a delegation, including senior officials from the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining. During the meeting, both sides discussed aspects of bilateral hydrocarbon engagements. These included, inter-alia, sourcing of crude and mechanism to register Indian Oil and Gas PSUs for sourcing of … more »

Central Secretariat employees seek pay parity

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
A delegation of the Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) Association, called on the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh here today and sought his intervention for parity in pay fixation and related issues. The delegation led by Shri Raj Kishore Singh submitted a memorandum listing details of their long pending issues and suggesting options to resolve the same. According to the memorandum, while applying Rule 8 of CCS (RP) …more »

Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 14 hours ago
The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured as per the table below: *Sl. No.* *Category of freedom fighters* *Present amount of pension (per month)* *Enhanced amount of pension(per month)* 1. Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/ spouses Rs.24,775/- *Rs.30,000*/- 2. Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spouses Rs.23,085/- *Rs.28,000/-* 3. Other Freedom Fighters/ spouses including INA Rs.21,395/- *Rs.26,000/-* 4. Dependent parents/ eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time) Rs.3,380/…more »

Supreme Court directs CPCB to receive one per cent Environment protection charge from manufacturers/dealers in Delhi & National Capital region

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 15 hours ago
Hon’ble Supreme Court has directed all manufacturers/dealers of Delhi-NCR, selling diesel cars with engine capacity of 2000 cc and above, to pay 1% Environment Protection Charge (1% of Ex-Showroom price of the vehicle). Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been directed by Hon’ble Supreme Court to open a separate account for this purpose in a Scheduled Public Sector bank. Therefore, CPCB has opened an account for this purpose in Union Bank of India, the details of which are furnished under: Account Name: CPCB-EPC Account No.: 532702010008813 Bank: Union Bank of India While… more »

India Post Payments Bank Incorporated

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
The India Post Payments Bank Limited has received the Certificate of Incorporation from the Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Corporate Affairs yesterday under the Companies Act 2013. This would be the first PSU under the Department of Posts. This has happened in the wake of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address, raising the expectations of the people from the soon to be set up India Post Payments Bank. With this move the Department of Posts has cleared an important milestone on this journey. With the incorporation, the Board of the India Post Payments Bank…more »

Enhancement of Pension for Freedom Fighters under the Swatantrata Sainik Samman Pension Scheme

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 16 hours ago
The existing pension scheme for Central freedom fighter pensioners and their eligible dependents has been restructured as per the table below: *Sl. No.* *Category of freedom fighters* *Present amount of pension (per month)* *Enhanced amount of pension(per month)* 1. Ex-Andaman Political Prisoners/ spouses Rs.24,775/- *Rs.30,000*/- 2. Freedom fighters who suffered outside British India/spouses Rs.23,085/- *Rs.28,000/-* 3. Other Freedom Fighters/ spouses including INA Rs.21,395/- *Rs.26,000/-* 4. Dependent parents/ eligible daughters (maximum 3 daughters at any point of time) Rs.3,380/-…more »

Environment Minister Dedicates Faclities to People under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana in Madhya Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, dedicated a number of facilities the people of Jahanpur Gram Panchayat in district Sihor in Madhya Pradesh under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, yesterday. The village houses about 100 families. The Minister dedicated a night shelter, particularly for the benefit of people performing a circumambulation (Parikarama) of River Narmada. A toilet has also been constructed to prevent people from defecating in the open. Shri Dave also inaugurated a water filter plant, with an objectiv… more »

National Steering Committee to be setup on Fodder Development

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
Government has decided to constitute a National Steering Committee headed by Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and a Technical Committee headed by Director, National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP) Banguluru, on issues related to Feed and Fodder Development in the country. The decision has been taken in a review meeting held by the Secretary (ADF), Shri Devendra Chaudhry with National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP) Banguluru, Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Ins… more »

NMPB to launch National campaign on Medicinal Plants at Jaipur

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) of the Ministry of AYUSH will launch a National campaign on Medicinal Plants on 20th – 21st August, 2016 at Jaipur. The campaign will be organised at State Institute of Agriculture Management (SIAM), Durgapura, in Jaipur. Approximately 500 farmers who are cultivating medicinal plants from across the country will participate. During the event, an Interactive Meet cum Seminar will also be organized on Medicinal Plants involving farmers, experts, traders, industries and other stakeholders of medicinal plants sector. Most of the stakeholders will be… more »

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on the Eve of Independence Day of Afghanistan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 18 hours ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the eve of their Independence Day (August 19, 2016). In a message to His Excellency Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government and the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Excellency and to the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of your Independence Day…. more »

Environment Minister Dedicates Faclities to People under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana in Madhya Pradesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 22 hours ago
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, dedicated a number of facilities the people of Jahanpur Gram Panchayat in district Sihor in Madhya Pradesh under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, yesterday. The village houses about 100 families. The Minister dedicated a night shelter, particularly for the benefit of people performing a circumambulation (Parikarama) of River Narmada. A toilet has also been constructed to prevent people from defecating in the open. Shri Dave also inaugurated a water filter plant, with an objectiv… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi greets the people on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 23 hours ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. “Best wishes to everyone on this very special day of Raksha Bandhan. रक्षाबंधन की ढेरों शुभकामनाएं। “, the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

2nd Meeting of BRICS Ministers for Disaster Management to be held in Udaipur, Rajasthan on August 22-23, 2016

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The 2nd Meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) Ministers for Disaster Management will be held in Udaipur, Rajasthan on August 22-23, 2016. The two-day meeting will focus on two distinct but inter-related themes: a) Flood Risk Management; and b) Forecasting of Extreme Weather Events in the context of Changing Climate. It is a follow up of the 1st meeting of the BRICS Ministers for Disaster Management convened by the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg on April 19-20, 2016. Recognizing the common challenge posed by natural and man-made disasters, BRICS countr… more »

India and Bangladesh to jointly produce documentary on 1971 war of Independence of Bangladesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
AIR to launch Akashvani Maitree on 23rd August Shri Venkaiah Naidu meets Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Bangladesh Information Minister Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information and Broadcasting said that information dissemination is critical to counter terrorism which is a common issue plaguing both India and Bangladesh. Timely and correct dissemination of information will prevent rumors and falsehood, while at the same time, build the spirit of cooperation and understanding between people. The Minister stated this during his discussions with Minister of Information, Government of Peop… more »

India and Bangladesh to jointly produce documentary on 1971 war of Independence of Bangladesh

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
AIR to launch Akashvani Maitree on 23rd August Shri Venkaiah Naidu meets Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Bangladesh Information Minister Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information and Broadcasting said that information dissemination is critical to counter terrorism which is a common issue plaguing both India and Bangladesh. Timely and correct dissemination of information will prevent rumors and falsehood, while at the same time, build the spirit of cooperation and understanding between people. The Minister stated this during his discussions with Minister of Information, Government of Peop… more »

President’s Greetings on the Eve of Raksha Bandhan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message on the eve of Raksha Bandhan has said:- “On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to all my fellow citizens. The festival of Rakhi stands for the eternal bond of love and trust that brothers and sisters share. May the Rakhi festival strengthen fraternal feelings and the spirit of oneness in our society as we strive collectively for the well-being of our people. May this unique festival inculcate in us the need to protect the women in our society and promote their welfare. … more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi greets the people on the start of Chingam, the first month of the Malayalam New Year

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people on the start of Chingam, the first month of the Malayalam New Year. “On the start of Chingam, the first month of the Malayalam New Year, my greetings to the Malayali community. May the year bring joy & peace,” the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

President’s Greetings on the Eve of Raksha Bandhan

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in his message on the eve of Raksha Bandhan has said:- “On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend warm greetings and felicitations to all my fellow citizens. The festival of Rakhi stands for the eternal bond of love and trust that brothers and sisters share. May the Rakhi festival strengthen fraternal feelings and the spirit of oneness in our society as we strive collectively for the well-being of our people. May this unique festival inculcate in us the need to protect the women in our society and promote their welfare. … more »

National Commission for Scheduled Caste Submits Three Reports to President of India

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The National Commission for Scheduled Caste headed by Shri P.L. Punia, Chairman, Shri Rajkumar Verka, Vice-Chairman and Shri Raju Parmar, Shri Ishwar Singh, Smt. P.M. Kamalamma, Members have submitted the following reports on 16th August 2016 to the Hon’ble President of India. The reports are:- 1. Annual Report of NCSC 2015-16, 2. Report on the Effective Utilization of Funds under the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP)-2016, and 3. Report on Atrocities against Kuravan community in Tamil Nadu-2016.v The report contain various recommendations on the issues entrusted to the commissio… more »

PM Shri Narendra Modi greets the people on Navroz

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – 1 day ago
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has greeted the people on the occasion of Navroz, the Parsi new year. “Navroz Mubarak to the Parsi community. May there be an abundance of happiness, success & good health in this coming year,” the Prime Minister said. Courtesy: pib.nic.in

#21 in C-Suitism is Reductionism

Our #21 in CSuitism is Reductionism, At first I thought it is a HR concept to Scale down, rationalise the business by firing – uh, Oh, Resizing the manpower which is in vogue in today’s business and would be very relevant to the Chief People Officers but no. Reductionism is one which has evoked very strong to extreme reactions from Intellectuals and others both past and present. 
Reductionism originates from 
1. the theory that every complex phenomenon,especially in biology or psychology, can be explained by analyzing the simplest, most basic physical mechanisms that are in operation during the phenomenon.
2. the practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue,condition, or the like, especially to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting it.
“Human science fragments everything in order to understand it, kills everything in order to examine it. ”
― Leo TolstoyWar and Peace
 “That’s another pitfall of reductionism: Until scientists have the means to isolate and measure things, they insist those things don’t and can’t exist, and anyone who says otherwise is ignorant an superstitious.” 
― T. Colin CampbellWhole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
BusinessDictionary.com defines it as:

Definition

Material world-view in which complex phenomenon is broken down into conceptual chunks small enough to be analyzed or measured. The basis of all analysis, reductionism is useful in understanding inanimate things or simple systems.
This philosophy (specially when taken to extreme), however, dismisses environment as merely a set of resources to be consumed, and human beings as tools to be manipulated and exploited.
It is opposite of holism based on the philosophy that a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that the nature of a thing or a complex system cannot be understood by breaking it apart but by looking at in its totality.
“I would simply ask why so many critics, so many writers, so many philosophers take such satisfaction in professing that the experience of a work of art is ineffable, that it escapes by definition all rational understanding; why are they so eager to concede without a struggle the defeat of knowledge; and where does their irrepressible need to belittle rational understanding come from, this rage to affirm the irreducibility of the work of art, or, to use a more suitable word, its transcendence.” 
― Pierre BourdieuThe Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field

Do I really need to explain to the ‘C Suite members’?  “They are wise, they can discern, they can filter, they can analyse – they can decide – they will ! “ -me