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Philosophy

The Companionship of Ideas

I treasure freedom of mind and thought and as against tides of wilful ignorance and meaningless superficiality I can quite accurately assert that where a companionship and friendship in or of ideas does not exist, the ideas themselves can become your friends. In this sense, my best friends are the concepts I inhabit and endlessly […]

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life

Some days…

Some days it all just gets away from me. I try to value and appreciate the words and worlds of those around me but they ring so hollow and haunted that I just seem to end up clutching my own similarly fictional, if ever so slightly better-informed, reality to my chest as a treasured possession […]

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Philosophy

On Blogging

I guess blogging is really just a daily diary, a notebook into which we inscribe our thoughts, our feelings and whatever other existential paraphernalia we might find decorating these interior surfaces if self and subjectivity. Do we write because we want or need an externalised sense of validation that this experience brings? Perhaps, but there […]

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Philosophy

On good ideas…

Good ideas sell themselves. It is only the bad ideas that need to be brute-forced upon a people that then, having been bludgeoned by repetition for so long, comes to believe that such incessant cruelty is the normal state of things. Human beings are really quite naturally amazing and despite their natural curiosity and native […]

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Philosophy

Murakami’s Talking Cat

“The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation is already memory”. – Haruki Murakami. A talking cat – clearly an absurdity but in many ways no less absurd than that any of the mad parade of human civilisation and the shared confusion and beauty of this […]

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Philosophy

Where have all the Big Ideas gone?

Global problems require Global solutions but a unified approach to shared problems is nothing if not conspicuous by its absence. Key issues here are that ineffective solutions supporting and cultivating piecemeal or reductive and iterative engagement with such complex, distributed problems are the primary artefacts and policy idioms that tend to percolate to ascendancy through […]

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Philosophy

Swimming Against The Stream

Swimming against the stream and powerful tides of conventional thought and behavioural orthodoxy is the only way to ever do anything of enduring value or significance in life. It is also the hardest life to live. Authenticity and sincerity or conscientious adherence to your own values will cost you more in suffering and hardship than […]

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culture

Big Ideas: Cultivating Curiosity

If intellectual curiosity was nurtured, cultivated, allowed to grow wild and free upon the fertile soils of this grand experiment that is our shared history, where might we all be?  Innovation is celebrated but is everywhere suffocated by a culture of convention and conformity.

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Organisation

Escape Velocity: the Challenge of Introducing New Ideas

“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.”– John Maynard Keynes …and escaping the old ones is a monumental task when a bad idea, once entrenched, becomes the source of it’s own self-propagating rationale and serves as a limiting filter on the percolation of new cognitive methods and […]

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Philosophy

No One Owns Truth

There is no “best” idea, there are only “better” ones.

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culture

The Tribal Self-Validation of Academic Cliques

A view from the periphery on the tribal self-validation of academic cliques.

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culture

Creativity and Innovation versus Institutional Intransigence

Radically divergent (or convergent) approaches face uphill battles against an entrenched intellectual intransigence and institutional conservatism.