Tag Archives: Politics

Creativity and Efficiency

In art, as in most things in life, creativity and efficiency co-exist in tension. If you optimise on creativity, it often isn’t very efficient. On the other hand, if you’re obsessive about efficiency, that can easily drive out creativity. The … Continue reading

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Moving the Overton Window

We all look through it, but like glass, we don’t see it. We don’t even see the width of the frame or how it is centred, but it constrains what we see and how we see it just as surely … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Armageddon

A cursory study of rudimentary neuroscience makes uncomfortable reading. It suggests, with strong evidence, that the way we think makes us ill-suited to thrive in the modern world. In fact, our thought patterns and mental blind spots imperil us all. … Continue reading

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What Do You Stand For?

So many people are hypocrites. Politicians, for example, pretend to care about and represent the interests of the people that vote for them, but their real allegiance is always to those hat fund their party most handsomely. Their higher calling … Continue reading

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The Idealist – A Social Pariah

One of the surest ways, in this world, to lose friends and fail to influence anybody, is to be an idealist.  Idealists are treated like lepers once were.  They’re socially excluded.  Nobody wants to engage in debate with them.  Their … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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The Political Views of Artists

This morning, on the BBC’s flagship Radio 4 “Today” programme, they have a guest editor – musician P.J. Harvey.  You can hear the presenters positively squirming in their seats.  Harvey has invited incisive commentators onto her programme and there are … Continue reading

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