Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…

Cuckolding, Polyamory and Open Relationships (nsfw – well, duh!)

From advice columnist Dan Savage “Polyamorous relationships and open relationships are two different things. Some poly relationships are open, but many poly relationships are closed—that is, three people (or more) … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Distinguishing between authority, responsibility and accountability

from page 221 Project Management for Dummies The following concepts can help you define and clarify how team members should relate to each other and to their assigned tasks: Authority: … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Irony versus Sarcasm

So you need a sense of irony, not the sarcasm that masquerades as intelligent distance – the fatalists’ smirk, the brainless, all-corrosive knowing derision alleged to have gone out of … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Activity versus productivity

“The next day, Hem and Haw returned with tools. Hem held the chisel, while Haw banged on the hammer until they made a hole in the wall of Cheese Station … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nobleman versus Gentleman

Steele in Tatler No 207 quoting James II answering a woman’s petition to make her son a gentleman: “I could make him a nobleman, but God Almighty could not make … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Oppressed versus “fucked up”

From Robin Morgan’s “Goodbye to all that” (1970) And let’s put one lie to rest for all time: the lie that men are oppressed, too, by sexism—the lie that there … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

Visual Guide to Cognitive Biases

This, via here is mint.

August 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Average versus mediocre

Letter in the FT, April or so.

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Aloneness versus Loneliness

Aloneness is freedom-from-dependence. Loneliness, on the other hand, is the dependent lost child crying as it searches for the parent or baby sitter it has lost and cannot find. Page … Continue reading

September 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pleasure versus Happiness

Pleasure is a counterfeit invention of the conscious mind, a spurious substitute for happiness Just as counterfeit money tends to drive out sound currency, so does the pursuit of pleasure … Continue reading

September 25, 2011 · Leave a comment