Why my jockey is lost…

After some time away I have returned to Existentialism. I guess when working life is getting the better part of you, it pays to focus on the things under your own control – your mind, how you spend your free time and where you focus your attention. And this is a key aspect of Existentialism, … Continue reading Why my jockey is lost…

The Silent Cinema

Now here’s a peculiar thing… Having done a fair bit of listening to people with soothing voices inviting me to contemplate my feet… and having read a couple of harder core books from the Dalai Lama… I’d concluded mindfulness and meditation wasn’t really me. I’ve learnt how to breathe, seek enjoyment and find peace ‘in … Continue reading The Silent Cinema


   As modern Greece struggles with its economic problems, it’s worth remembering: there isn’t a decent concept for living we don’t have the Greeks to thank for. With help from Wikipedia, try:  Prohairesis – προαίρεσις The ‘moral character’ or prohairesis, was brought to the world by Aristotle in the eminently readable Nicomachean Ethics (which first … Continue reading σοφία

Chaos and Complexity

I typed ‘Where does complexity come from given entropy?’ into Google this morning. Why? Because my life and work are in pretty good order, so a law of physics which threatens to mess them up is most inconvenient. Given how hard it is to get anything done at work, given how fragile our lives and … Continue reading Chaos and Complexity

Barge Hauler

Work, Think, Eat, Drink, Wake, Walk, Type, Talk, Work, Work, Work. As Aristotle once said: “all paid work absorbs and degrades the mind.” I have been working my n#ts off this week – heavy lifting from start to end – and a good deal of it thankless. We end the week in a much much … Continue reading Barge Hauler


I’ve discovered ‘Philosophy Now‘ via Kindle. And a find it is too. This month’s edition delves into the Philosophy of Mind which I studied twenty odd years ago. What’s new? Quite a lot. But, also, quite a lot is not. Neuroscience is the new 200lb gorilla on the scene. Is philosophy, contemplation and introspection irrelevant … Continue reading Strawberry

Cold Start

I’m certainly not a morning person. Like a British Leyland car of the 1970s (of which we had a few) I start reluctantly with several turns of the key, a lot of choke and a deep shudder. My son is a bit the same, newer bodywork, same starter-motor. Not so my daughter. She is, in … Continue reading Cold Start


Our home broadband has been on the blink this week. You really miss it when it’s not there. Perhaps worse is when it comes and goes – one minute you’re surfing gaily, the next you’re beached with a ‘no network’ message. Csikszentmihalyi points out that, although impressive by electronic standards, the amount of data our … Continue reading Broadband