Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

“Yintimidation” – when puritan hippies attack!!

From “Burning Man Embraces the Paradoxes of Life” by Jeremy Sherman I’m astonished at how strong and resilient New Age puritanism remains here in Berkeley, and how many people, especially … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

The time of your life: chronos versus kairos

“According to Frank Kermode, there are two fundamental ways of thinking about experience: you’ve got your chronos and your kairos. Chronos is the time of everydayness, the time that just … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Compassion versus Pity

Because I have experienced poverty I don’t condescend to people, I don’t assume they have got miserable lives or that they are not interesting or haven’t got as full, if … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Collaboration versus Cooperation – hat-tip to Harold Jarche

This is a really good distinction, thanks to Harold Jarche

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Guilt versus contrition

From But if men are going to be part of the solution and not merely reject being the problem, then we are called to understand “consent” in a far … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Idleness versus laziness

“In Embracing Idleness” Oliver Burkeman distinguishes idleness- cool concept, valid ideal – from what puritans consider laziness.” FT Feb 16/7 2013   Guardian review here

March 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Grief versus mourning

Until now I had been able only to grieve, not mourn. Grief was passive. Grief happened. Mourning, the act of dealing with grief, required attention. Until now there had been … Continue reading

March 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Won’t get fooled again? Course I will, by me…

Saw this recently – “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitching of our intelligence by means of language.” Wittgenstein. which reminded me of that Feynman quote – “Science is a … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Progress “versus” vandalism

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dialogue versus Discussion

In Greek, the word dialogue means a “talking through.” The Greeks believed that the key to establishing dialogue is to exchange ideas without trying to change the other person’s mind. … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment