Green Shoots of Knowledge

With only a few days to go until the General Election, representatives of some parties are doubling down on the message that they are speaking for the nation. They might genuinely believe they are, but Parliament, the organisation they seek to be part of, isn't one person speaking for everyone, it's many representatives discussing perspectives … Continue reading Green Shoots of Knowledge

Of Tongue and Penknife

While flattening a stubborn package to go in the recycling, I was reminded of my first encounter with penknife ownership; and of the depths of feeling behind that moment. A story that feels apposite today. Many years ago, when I was a child, I was on holiday with my parents and maternal grandparents in Devon. … Continue reading Of Tongue and Penknife

Why Would You Care What I Say?

The continued existence of lawyers, speech-writers, poets, and sundry other professions confirms that how you say something can be as powerful as what you say. However, this talk provides evidence and a way to apply the technique without spending years in study and practice; and does so in an (appropriately enough) accessible and engaging fashion. … Continue reading Why Would You Care What I Say?

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

The original trolley problem provides mental exercise enough, but that doesn't mean there aren't some enjoyable twists on the form: A runaway trolley is about to kill philosophy professors who invent trolley problems. Will you divert it? - Peter Krantz (@peterkz_swe) August 14, 2016 And, for those of you who don't think trolley problems are … Continue reading Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Do You Want a Revolution?

Politics isn't easy, which is why not everyone's doing it. Even describing one's politics can be tricky in anything other than the most superficial of terms. However, the people who ask are often the ones who don't listen to long and nuanced answers. So, I've tried to find an answer that isn't; that captures complexity … Continue reading Do You Want a Revolution?

Two Rights Make a Right

I passed a man reading aloud from the letters page of a popular newspaper about proposals to fine smokers for discarding their butts in public. After declaiming, "...The politically correct brigade already exiled us from everywhere they could. The solution is not to victimise smokers further...." he nodded sharply and said, "They should make pubs … Continue reading Two Rights Make a Right