Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Category Archives: humour

Difference between worthy and self-righteous…

“What are you working on now?” she asks. “I’m thinking about doing an essay on self-righteousness. How it has affected the women’s movement, and so forth.” She laughs. I know … Continue reading

August 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

“We need a strategy” = “you should all do what I think”

From a box with two columns – ‘convenient abstraction’ and ‘really means’ in “We can’t go on meeting like this” by Viv McWaters and Johnnie Moore…

August 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Peter Drucker on gurus and charlatans…

“I have been saying for many years that we are using the word ‘guru’ only because ‘charlatan’ is too long to fit into a headline.”

March 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Controversial versus Courageous

From the Yes Minister episode “The Right to Know” Sir Humphrey: There are four words you have to work into a proposal if you want a Minister to accept it. … Continue reading

March 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

“I’m offended” versus “It’s offensive”

As Ricky Gervais said after the Golden Globes kerfuffle “just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right.” I think the example he gave was people getting offended by mixed marriages… … Continue reading

February 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Optimism, Pessimism, Realism

Marc Roberts, fabulous as ever.

January 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Meanings of the term “adult”

I was about 10 or 11 when we visited my Aunt Edie. I’d already had “the talk,” and I had a fairly good idea of what “adult” meant. Adult movies. … Continue reading

January 22, 2011 · Leave a comment