A Flummox of Philosophers!


An ongoing series of short posts about schools of philosophy and individual thinkers through the ages. Some of them I briefly studied during my psychology degree, others I have considered more recently in retirement and old age. This is NOT a rigorous or academic treatise ..... but it might make you think! And remember, philosophy … Continue reading A Flummox of Philosophers!

Why I deleted all my social media accounts


Did anyone read about the young man who has been thrown off his postgraduate degree course at Halam University, Sheffield, UK? He is Felix Ngole, studying Social Welfare, and a devout Christian who put forward the Biblical view on same sex marriage on Facebook. A couple of days later I decided to delete all of my … Continue reading Why I deleted all my social media accounts

Why nations fail and remain poor: Part II, Foreign Aid is part of the problem not the solution!


In Part I of this series we described the assertions about poverty and why nations fail from the excellent book by Acemoglu and Robinson, "Why Nations Fail": With many examples they revealed a single and consistent factor as being the one contributory cause of failure and poverty; the EXTRACTIVE nature of economic and political institutions … Continue reading Why nations fail and remain poor: Part II, Foreign Aid is part of the problem not the solution!

Why nations fail and remain poor: Part I, Forget what you think you know!


It is time therefore that the world generally, and the utterly ineffective UN took a long hard look at their misplaced and often self serving policies in attempting to eradicate poverty and human misery.   The perceived wisdom (generally thought to be true) on why some nations are stuck in a never ending cycle of … Continue reading Why nations fail and remain poor: Part I, Forget what you think you know!

Dostoevsky and trash control!


Garbage is a necessary phenomenon of modern life! We consume, we dispose. However the nature of garbage has changed. When I was a child more than half a century ago, most garbage was food waste, not much of it, but it was fed to the chickens or put on the compost heap for the garden. … Continue reading Dostoevsky and trash control!