Category Archives: Writing

Gaia 

I’m reading James Lovelock’s famous ‘Gaia’ – the first airing of the hypothesis that the planet (and not just we creatures on it) is itself a self-regulating living system. Lovelock got plenty of stick for this book. A scientist accused … Continue reading

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Habit Forming

   Is the great Greek wrong on this one…  I stumbled across  an interesting article in Time – (it quoted an academic from my place of work) which suggests he might be: So what are habits, really? According to Dr. … Continue reading

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Rainy Day

 Yesterday was a rainy day. And unexpectedly so. Bad start, worse end. Trying to put it in context today (with Bach loud in my ears to block out someone else’s toddler), I googled ‘into every life a little rain … Continue reading

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Relevant Complexity

Here’s to a brand new year. And to celebrate I’ve bashed out a new blog, based on what I’ve learned about life, the world and everything since I started Achilles and Aristotle in 2010. Time flies – or rather it … Continue reading

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Obscurantism

I congratulated a colleague yesterday on some lovely prose. His concise, interesting and informative writing made me happily read about 80 Moments which changed history – learning a lot in the process. This morning, I read another piece of quasi-Academic … Continue reading

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Cogito ergonomics sum

I think therefore I am – ‘the cogito’ – is Descartes most famous contribution to philosophy. I might doubt everything else; that I am thinking is a certainty. But thinking – and doing something about it – requires a comparative … Continue reading

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Sunshine

After the longest winter I can remember, warmth and sunshine break through the never-ending clouds and cold. What a difference the sunshine makes. Yesterday, in the driving rain, I debated with my daughter whether this country is just too chilly … Continue reading

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Winter

A bit like being winded by a whack in the solar plexus, this poem takes the wind out of your sails – and leaves you gasping. Clive James’s wit and humour of have always been rapier sharp. But here, his … Continue reading

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Writing

Is there a better thing than writing? While I’m not with the 20th century British philosophers who said language is all there is, I am with Aquinas. He’d say that, along with body and soul, language is a defining part … Continue reading

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Dearth of Verse

A dearth of verse Makes me wonder Whether my inner life Is playing second fiddle To putting myself on the stage I’m living in interesting times And putting my shoulder to the wheel Leaving precious little time For introspection Or … Continue reading

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