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The Fallacy of Personality

July 26, 2009

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People are hard to understand – that's well established. But why is this so? After all we are social animals, surely being able to understand each other is rather important. I believe a lot of confusion arises from centuries of flawed "folk psychology" – the way everyday people analyses each other. I believe the common […]

Stoned

July 17, 2009

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Do you know the principle of a stoning? I don't mean the physical act, but the social principle. Stoning a person to death is a surprisingly subtle thing – more than just a barbaric punishment. It combines several things.Firstly there is catharsis: the population expresses its revenge and outrage at the transgression of its rules, […]

Winds of change

July 13, 2009

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It carves mountains and forms landscape.It moves oceans and flattens citiesIt sent explorers round the world.The power of wind is everywhere, and the amount of energy it contains is astounding. A single hurricane contains  kinetic energy equivalent to half the worlds electrical generating capacity. And yet we have an industry dragging its feet over wind, […]

Speedy thoughts on climate change deniers

July 9, 2009

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This is one that's been going through my head a lot. Partly it's the sort of "that's what I should have said" frustration, only in this case the frustration is not having been present at a couple of discussions. In these particular discussions a friend of mine who has and continues to do excellent work […]

Message in a bottle

July 9, 2009

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I once heard an all too true comment on writing for the web: It's like writing a little message, putting it in a bottle, and throwing out into an ocean made of little messages in little bottles.But I shall not despair. I have decided that I have things worth saying. A somewhat arrogant thought for […]