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Time for empathy?

As I write, two days have passed since I woke to learn that the new US President-elect was Donald Trump. I’ve spent much of these two days reading articles on the web, trying to get a handle on what’s going on in the world, and in particular how to understand the results both in the […]

November 11, 2016   Posted in: announcements, philosophy, politics  Comments Closed

Scottish independence and me

To whom it may concern—probably nobody besides myself but having written about my previous position I should probably record this—I’ve changed my mind about the Scottish independence referendum. When I last wrote about this issue I was quite committed to abstention, or at least to not taking part in the arguments, and I was genuinely […]

September 1, 2014   Posted in: announcements, politics  Comments Closed

There is no alternative…

…or mainstream belief system or lifestyle choice, for me, these days. This post continues a recent theme, starting with Political and personal independence. There I explain why I’m not taking a position on the issue of Scottish independence. In More on my minimalist commitments, which generalised that to cover not just political positions but beliefs […]

May 20, 2013   Posted in: politics  Comments Closed

More on my minimalist commitments

Like the previous post, this one is aimed at summarising my position on a big issue, or closely related set of issues. I intend, as far as I can, to minimize my future engagement in contentious debate, online and elsewhere, and I hope that having these statements available for reference will help. My general approach […]

April 9, 2013   Posted in: Buddhism, environment, politics  Comments Closed

Political and personal independence

The question of Scottish independence is one on which every Scot might be expected to have a view. I certainly feel some pressure to take one side or the other. In fact, I’m attracted both by the progressive idealism of the yes camp and the pragmatic conservatism of the nay-sayers. The prospect of my country […]

March 21, 2013   Posted in: Buddhism, politics  Comments Closed

Effects of media violence ignored by media?

I’ve been reading a paper by Susan Hurley (@Wikipedia), a philosopher who sadly died a couple of years ago aged only 53, for a university course. The title is “By-passing conscious control: imitation, media violence and freedom of speech.” (In S Pockett et al, Does Consciousness Cause Behaviour, MIT Press. I might be doing an […]

February 16, 2010   Posted in: philosophy, politics, psychology  Comments Closed

Don’t Rage Against the Machine

It’s generally futile if not destructive and here’s why… What, exactly, is this “machine”? A few minutes spent studying the politics of the group who took the coveted Christmas Number One slot in the UK Singles Chart in 2009 (see Rage Against the Machine on Wikipedia) makes it clear that what they’re against is the […]

January 16, 2010   Posted in: politics, pro-social  Comments Closed


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