I was Practising Flying


when I suddenly forgot to flap my arms sufficiently vigorously and finished up at the bottom of a flight of stairs with what turned out to be two broken ribs. They were somewhat painful. In hospital in the middle of the night, after oral morphine had settled me down a good deal, I was suddenly […]

Multiple-I’s & I-tags (R14)


Preamble We imagine that we consist of one ‘I’ only. All the time we imagine this we are not only kidding ourselves but we are losing the opportunity to re-arrange the way we think about our lives. We are many ‘I’s: Being-miserable-I one day and Being-happy-I the next; Feeling-competent-I one moment and Being-severely-challenged-I the next; […]

TRUMP IS A MAN OF ACTION (R12)


Trump is a man of action: he’s doing just what he said he’d do – so his supporters say approvingly. What they fail to do is think about the word ‘action’ or what it means to be ‘a man of action’. There are many different kinds of action. For instance, the action involved in writing […]

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 […]