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
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
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?
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’
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?
Complexity and nuance are hard. They demand thought and effort without guaranteeing they will provide the right answer at the end. I can feel the absolutism tugging at me with its promises of an immediate answer that will let me move on to more enjoyable things. To avoid its pull, I've decided to dump some … Continue reading The Harshness of Tolerance
One of the most common pieces of advice given to people who both blog and have a professional online platform (authors, musicians, bespoke-weasel-waistcoat tailors, &c.) is to avoid discussing politics and religion; indeed it is such pervasive advice that some give it to anyone as the answer to any situation. However, as with many rules … Continue reading Politic Discourse
With the United Kingdom General Election coming up a month's time (minus one day), the Party Election broadcasts and posters have been popping up. While I support the right of anyone to complain (if not always to have the complaint resolved), I believe a government should be elected on what it wants to achieve, not … Continue reading To Rise, We Must Look Up
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