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I Hate the Whiteman

Posted originally to You Tube as a comment on the rather confused discussion arising from this song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXPFfgdxp9o&list=RDzXPFfgdxp9o  I hate the white man – now that’s a title that in the age of the Internet was always going to attract … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Need for A Multiple Choice Referendum

Let us consider two views of the referendum outcome on 23rd June ;   the people have decided to leave the European Union regardless of the terms agreed the people have decided only that they wish to leave, but have … Continue reading

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What really happened in Sweden last night…

More or Less,  [ Radio 4 and the BBC World Service]  routinely  challenges  the  interpretation and conclusions drawn from the data circulating in the news.  It is a programme which succeeds in making statistics interesting, even amusing.   This week’s edition … Continue reading

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Hare Crosses the Border

Start the Week  [27Feb2017]  was a discussion linked by the theme of borders. In particular I was drawn to the contribution of  map-maker Garrett Carr who has travelled “Ireland’s border to explore the smugglers, kings, peacemakers and terrorists who’ve criss-crossed … Continue reading

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Alan Winfield on robot ethics

Alan Winfield, who glories in the title of “Professor of Robot Ethics,” at the University of the West of England was a recent subject of  Jim Al-Khalili’s Radio 4 series  “The Life Scientific.” ,   [21Feb17],     At one point in … Continue reading

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Yanis Varoufakis comments on Ireland, the UK and Brexit.

Yanis Varoufakis has a knack, rare in economists,  for saying things clearly, simply and persuasively: “Take a look at the map of Ireland. You have a small island that has to develop an economic policy for development that is common … Continue reading

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Play and Creativity…

Listen to this glorious discussion which manages to combine stories about the production techniques of Brian Eno, the importance of play in learning, a goal for Arsenal by Giroud, the importance of untidiness in creativity, the screw up behind one … Continue reading

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