Tag Archives: Survival

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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Artists Under Tyranny

We know what comes next.  We know why it takes root and how it metastasizes.  And I’m afraid that, if we extrapolate from current trends, if nothing changes significantly for the better, then artists, innovators and intellectuals are all screwed. … Continue reading

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Music as Analogue for Life

I’m reading a very interesting book at the moment; a Christmas gift.  It’s a book that speculates on the nature and occurrence of intelligent life in the universe.  Essentially, it is an examination of the Fermi paradox:  if intelligent life … 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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Unnecessary Beauty

I heard something that struck a chord with me, on the radio, late last Sunday night.  It was a speech about the power of art, by writer A.L. Kennedy, give as part of the “A Point of View” series.  She … Continue reading

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What Is Fiction For?

Today’s post is for all the writers, reporters, film makers, pundits, story tellers, news readers, public relations professionals and anybody else who deals with narratives.  I began reading a book, a recent birthday gift, called “Sapiens”, by Yuval Noah Harari, … Continue reading

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