In Greek mythology a monstrous hound named Cerberus, shielded the gates of Hades (Hell), not to keep intruders out but to prevent the dead from leaving. Though it is not the same as John Steinbeck’s monster, that must grow or else it dies, and if it is not fed it cannot grow, Cerberus is similar.… More Feeding The Monster
The horrific terror attacks in Brussels on March 22 inspired expressions of sympathy, solidarity, and, from many western leaders painfully predictable scapegoating and biased statements (Juncker, Cameron) and even torture talks (Cruz, Trump.) Even after the shock of the recent attacks at the Zaventem airport and the Brussels metro, and without any intend to minimize… More Terrorist attacks in Europe: data in perspective
No surprises in the American Presidential race primaries on March 1st: for the Republicans Donald Trump won seven of the eleven states by large margins. Marco Rubio, favoured of the party hierarchy, picked up one but lost severely in the rest and must now be considered not a contender but a much braked background runner.… More Road to Perdition : A Short Ride to American primaries
Here are the dates when Matt will be dancing in Europe next month for the new “Where the Heck is Matt?” video: • Saturday, March 12th – Liverpool • Sunday, March 13th – London • Wednesday, March 16th – Paris • Saturday, March 19th – Düsseldorf • Sunday, March 20th – Hamburg Here is his… More Come dance with Matt Harding in Europe !
Exclusive – Boris Johnson: There is only one way to get the change we want – vote to leave the EU You’re perfectly right Boris. Either we are blinded by the very exceptional nature of the event, or this is a turning point for the European Union. It is unacceptable to create a privilege exemption,… More Boris Johnson on his way to be the last Mohican on tight trousers… humpf !
The power of symbols is that they come up to enlighten us when we no longer know what to ponder out. For ten days Paris is mourning her dead, honouring her heroes and licking her wounds. With a question on the lips: “What’s next ?” In front of the restaurant ‘La Belle Équipe’ nineteen people… More The power of symbols and the dance of death
Carl Sagan Day, celebrated on November 9 (his birthday), is not a UN Day –not yet… If there is one man many sciencyheads hail as the prophet of their religion, the worship of speculative theories and unproveable assertions, the conflation of fact with fantasy, legend and myth and the replacement of hard evidence with mathematical… More Carl Sagan Day? Why Not Slartibartfast Day?
We need to figure out a better way to communicate science that balances technology and nature. Beautiful article by Manu Saunders, Ecologist, Charles Sturt University. This post was first published in Ensia – Environmental Magazine on August 13, 2015 Does the natural world have any relevance to modern science? Of course it does; but sometimes… More The dangers of separating science and environment
>>Haga click aquí para la versión en Castellano GDP QUESTIONED How to go beyond the gross domestic product? Pursuing an actual modern reflection of wealth means finding tools to move away from an excessively quantitative, restrictive and accounting outlook to assess the collective performance. Changing indicators of wealth while we amend our way of production… More The myth of GDP (1)
« What Crisis? » Says EU Boss Jean-Claude Juncker European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker dismissed calls for a new EU summit on immigration, saying member states should stop dragging their heels and implement existing agreements on the matter. Juncker’s comments in an opinion piece published in France’s Le Figaro and Germany’s Die Welt on… More Crisis? What Crisis?
On a week that has seen global financial markets take a roller coaster ride, which is not the fault of greedy investment banking but is the latest move in the currency war being fought between the West developed world and the far east-emerging powers led by Russia and China, we spotted a story that reveals… More Did The Bank Of England just admit financial markets aren’t “Real” ?
As religion and science continue in failing to deliver their promises to provide satisfactory answers to the great questions of life, people turn to philosophy. But is there a philosophy suitable for dyed in the wool sceptics? Let’s put on the scales philosophers as Wittgenstein (Ludwig is up there on the pic by John Tierney),… More Getting Started With Existentialism (III)
I have taken two phrases from Hamlet’s Soliloquy written by William Shakespeare who predates Spinoza by several decades. “To be or not to be” is one of the best known phrases in the English human language right up alongside ‘I’m working late at the office darling,’ ‘But there is a monster in the cupboard Mum,’… More The Extent Of Moral Reality – Existentialism For Beginners (II)
“I always knew. No one tolerates the freedom of others; no one likes living with a free person. If you are free, that’s the price you have to pay: loneliness.” —Chavela Vargas. It may sound strange to talk of fleeing from freedom after all people usually flee from tyranny or oppression or from physical danger.… More The Flight From Freedom – Existentialism For Beginners (I)
Sicily has long been a crossroads and kettle of Mediterranean culture, and the island today is a fascinating mosaic in which Greek temples, Norman churches and Baroque palazzos emerge from the rich fabric. But it also has natural wonders profusely, from the smoking craters of Mount Etna to the still relatively undiscovered beaches of the… More A jewel called Palermo