Category Archives: People

Republican Voices of Experience Speak Loudly

Originally posted on Filosofa's Word:
It’s one thing for someone like me, a mere political observer, to say that Donald Trump must be prosecuted for his crimes, particularly the crime of inciting an attempted coup to overturn an election,…

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Ricky Gervais presents an insightful view of atheism

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned. Richard Feynman (1918–1988) With thanks to Paul Handover of Learning from Dogs for pointing me to the thought-provoking piece below. (There’s also a ‘Best of … Continue reading

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Illustrating exponential growth using movement towards a target

The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function. Professor Albert Bartlett (1923–2013) Ever since I first encountered this quote (in Professor Bartlett’s seminal lecture ‘Arithmetic, population and energy‘) I’ve been trying to think … Continue reading

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The Anti-Democracy Movement Run Amok

Originally posted on Filosofa's Word:
As I lay in bed at 5:30 this morning seeking that elusive thing called sleep, I received an email with Robert Reich’s latest newsletter.  Despite my better judgment, I started reading the piece and…

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The writings of Chat Qu’éspire

About four hundred years ago, William Shakespeare was born and died in the Aprils of two successive centuries. As I sit here putting the final touches to this post, it’s the last day of this year’s April; the first day … Continue reading

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Towel Day 2022 kicks off in 101010* days

* There are 10 kinds of people: those who grok binary, and those who don’t.‡ As at the date of publication of this post, the number of days remaining until Towel Day 2022 is, coincidentally, also The Answer to The … Continue reading

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Greens celebrate House of Lords defeat of draconian government ideas

Originally posted on Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb:
The House of Lords inflicted a staggering 14 defeats on the government in one historic evening, with a further 5 government amendments being withdrawn. The Lords seized their chance to reject most of…

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Oligarchy: a sickness at the heart of British democracy

I’m wondering how long it will be before the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently with the House of Lords, is used not just against peaceful protests in the streets but also to silence those who would speak out … Continue reading

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The Galaxy Song, revisited

Three days shy of a decade ago, I published a post entitled ‘A little perspective for the new year‘, which featured ‘The Galaxy Song’ from Monty Python‘s The Meaning of Life. I considered waiting another three days before posting this … Continue reading

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Ten new insights in climate science (Johan Rockström at #COP26)

We are on average, moving towards four degrees warming this century. And we haven’t been in a four-degree warmer world for the past four million years. So it’s not as if it’s a place we know very well. Johan Rockström … Continue reading

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