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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.

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culture history Philosophy politics

On Stupid Ideas and Clever Solutions

Countering stupid ideas proves to be a matter of some subtlety and intelligence…

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culture

Frustration

Not everyone sees the world the way you do…

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culture

On Hoarding Objects, Ideas and Organisational Inefficiencies

Buddhist psychology almost exclusively locates the preponderance of human misery in this world to the many and diverse methods by which we attach ourselves to things in the world, to objects, possessions, people and ideas…

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Philosophy systems

Continuity Theorems

The logic and semantics of explanation or description of a principle of continuity selection are also subject to their own continuity proof…

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culture

Writing

Some generic or general things and broad principles I use to help me write and which are offered as advice you are completely free to ignore…