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Renouncing flouncing (for the second time)

I flounced. Again. Last year it was from a day-long meeting of a colourful political party that will remain nameless. The first two hours were dominated (that is the right word) by someone who had come down from Lancaster to … Continue reading

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Mistakes, I’ve made a few, but then again, too many to mention #Dewey #mistakes

But socially as well as scientifically the great thing is not to avoid mistakes but to have them take place under conditions such that they can be utilised to increase intelligence in the future.” Reconstruction in Philosophy John Dewey Why … Continue reading

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“Blind spots”? Nah, that’s all arse-backwards… #cognitivehumility

I was sat at a lovely Indian restaurant with a good friend last week.* And we were riffing on how little anyone really knows about their own behaviours, their own motivations and drives. It occurred to me that the term … Continue reading

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We are expecting the species to make a “Damoclean conversion” – and it won’t

Our lives hang by a thread. Some people die because a door that should have been locked wasn’t locked, others because they were from Minnesota. Random stuff happens. As individuals in the prosperous West, with clean water, antibiotics, surgery, and … Continue reading

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F.O.C.U.S, Dwight. Which part of “focus” don’t you get, numbnuts?

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.” Thomas Huxley And others would consider me … Continue reading

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“The illusion of explanatory depth”, Dunning-Krueger and all that jazz…

The universe is a freakin’ confusing place. And we don’t like to be confused. And we don’t like not fitting in with our gang (people used to get eaten by sabre-toothed tigers for sticking out from the crowd, after all). … Continue reading

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Things we’d rather talk about – small, “manageable” things…

Over a couple of pints tonight, talking with some friends. Got onto the topic of things we (as societies/species) talk about and things we don’t. Some things – budgets of 100s of millions of quid or whatever – are too … Continue reading

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