Logical thinking: not all plain sailing

I was thinking about what happens when trying to argue a point… You’re setting out upon an argument. Your idea is located somewhere ahead, but there is an uncertain sea between you and it that your argument needs to breach for you to be able to clasp the idea to your bosom. So you set off, armed with your trusty compass of logic. You feel … Continue reading Logical thinking: not all plain sailing

carpe dem diems: seize your leisure

(It works slightly better in an American accent.) The other day my Medium ‘Daily Digest’ delivered me a post about leisure, featuring this quote from monk David Steindl-Rast: Leisure is the virtue of those who give time to whatever it is that takes time  I’ve talked before (here and here) about leisure time making up a precious tiny proportion of most people’s lives; employers buy the use … Continue reading carpe dem diems: seize your leisure

Call for post-Trumpocalypse armistice

Today is the 98th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. We’re not just remembering the dead and their families, we’re celebrating the end of a gruesome conflict. Cessation of hostilities is good. We’re not fighting with Germany any more, but we seem to be fighting amongst ourselves rather a lot. Brexiteers vs Remainers; Trumparians vs Clintonistas; the bigots vs the enlightened; … Continue reading Call for post-Trumpocalypse armistice

6 semi-funny philosophy quotes with pictures

Here are some mildly amusing things some philosophers said: You’re all ANIMALS the mass of mankind are evidently quite slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Salespeople are PATHETIC In well-ordered States they are commonly those who are the weakest in bodily strength, and therefore of little use for any other purpose – Plato, Republic Catholics are BIGOTS … Continue reading 6 semi-funny philosophy quotes with pictures

Playing at virtue in Mansfield Park

One of the first events of interest in Mansfield Park is the attempted production of the play Lovers’ Vows, put on by the Bertram youngsters, Crawford siblings, and their friend Mr Yates. The play is a shocker by Regency standards, featuring as it does an illegitimate love-child, and improper declarations of feeling from ladies. The idea that gentlefolk should have to utter the compromising lines of the … Continue reading Playing at virtue in Mansfield Park