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30 April
2020

Imitation Does Not Equal Intelligence

There is the most extraordinary thing in the air at present whereby we simultaneously seek to understand the brain as a computer, and the computer as a brain. Though no one actually seeks directly to equate the two items in question the very attempt seems self-defeating, since the metaphor by which we try to deepen […]

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25 April
2020

What Happens after Covid-19?

The election of President Trump in the U.S.A., and the successful Brexit campaign here in the U.K., may be seen in retrospect as significant incisions in globalism’s death by a thousand cuts. Covid-19 might just be the last in a series. Globalism has, it is thought by many, played its role in the spreading of […]

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11 April
2020

The Inverted Pyramid

Europe’s ageing population is an inconvenient truth for those who advocate social liberalism. Indeed, the liberalist path that the EU has trodden for many years now has led it to the brink of societal catastrophe. With a current fertility rate of 1.6 (average) in the EU27, dark clouds hover ominously over the economic future of […]

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5 March
2020

The Art of Friendship

Facebook has given new meaning to the saying, ‘Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit’. Social media has brought with it great benefits, but one of the biggest problems associated by many with them is that there seems to have come about post hoc if not propter hoc a diminution in understanding of […]

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1 March
2020

Black Swan Events like Covid-19 Should Make Us Think

Events like the outbreak of coronavirus should make us pause to think. It is no exaggeration at this point to assert that things appear poised on the brink of pandemic. At the time of writing, the virus has spread globally with fatalities in Iran reaching 19 and whole towns in Italy now in quarantine. Currently […]

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14 February
2020

What about the Christians?

Western military intervention in the Middle East, however well-intentioned its perpetrators may have been – or wished to be seen as – has often caused more problems than it has solved. The Gulf Wars had a disastrously destabilising effect on Iraq and the surrounding regions, and they created the conditions for radical Islamic extremism to […]

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27 January
2020

Joy Beyond the Walls: What is the Point of Art?

Oscar Wilde, introducing The Picture of Dorian Gray gave what seemed a damning critique of art: ‘All art is quite useless’. Perhaps he was right. Art is certainly not useful in any conventional sense. It does not help us catch our prey, cure diseases, or find the ideal spouse. Despite this ‘uselessness’ art is – […]

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12 December
2019

‘Oh Captain! My Captain!’: The West’s Dearth of Leadership

Democracy is seen by most people, much of the time, as one of the brightest jewels in the crown of Western culture. Unlike the slavery-based ancient Athenian democracy it is the product of assertion of the freedom and dignity inherent in every human being, and as a result on 12 December every UK citizen over […]

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