A LINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVE ON THE BREXIT LUNACY ‒ TAKING A STEP BACK (R10)


Words matter; the linguistic make-up of discourse is all-important… One of the reasons for… lack of understanding… is to be found in the language which people speak. This language is full of wrong concepts, wrong classifications, wrong associations. And the chief thing is that… the vagueness and inaccuracy of ordinary thinking happens because every word […]

Technological Change, Art, Music and the Human Mind (R11)


One-dimensional Thinking In One-dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse argues that technological change undermines the true substance of art: the easy availability of its products and their subsequent manipulation, universality of access, the general dumbing down of processes, the seeming ordinariness of ‘how to do it’, crowd mentality, psychological analysis… And the concrete manifestations of technological effect […]

Experience and experiences (R9)


Humankind has Experience Or rather it has experiences which it builds into what it likes to think of as the invented abstraction ‘Experience’. Things happen down the years and it—humankind, better thought of, with its eager bombs & drones, as ‘humanunkind’—builds them into some kind of homogeneity—‘Experience’. Things happen—they are built into an edifice called […]

On Leaving Nothing Out (R7)


In this dream I was running the kind of drama class I used to facilitate over thirty years ago: strange drama, dream drama, mirroring the assumed ‘reality’ that went on outside the room we regularly used for an evening; the virtual question was always, ‘Which was the drama—outside or inside the dream?’ In this particular […]

I often find myself (R6)


I often find myself dipping into Gurdjieff’s Meetings with Remarkable Men or watching the brilliant film with Alf Garnett playing the part of Gurdjieff’s dad. Then I start to think about how to make an answer to the question What is a Remarkable Person? And what is it that counts as a meeting with them? […]