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There is an interview with Sir Christopher Snowden in the Times Higher, with the title.’ The only was is up, but there are different routes.’ The ‘up’ refers to university fees, and comments on views from the  VC of Oxford that fees need to go up. Funding for HE is a complete mess,  and the […]

Aug 13, 2013

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There is a profoundly disturbing article about the trial of Amanda Knox, in the New York Review of Books August 15, 2013, penned by Nathanial Rich. Amanda Knox, was the American woman accused of a horrific murder of a young British woman in Perugia in Italy. Her original conviction was overturned, although the final outcome […]

The world may not need more examples of stupidity or ignorance, or hatred, but examples can sometimes be illuminating and funny. I always like the tale told by Jacob Bronowski in the Ascent of Man, about how Friedrich Hegel’s thesis proved ‘philosophically’ that there could only be seven planets. The thesis was presented in 1800 […]

Jul 23, 2012

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Well I am glad I am not the only one who detests these things.  “Break-out groups are intended to break up the monotony of a long meeting and get people talking to each other on key topics. These are worthy goals; break-out groups are just lousy at realizing them.”

Jun 20, 2012

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A post from Philip Greenspun. A friend of his got a new job as a doctor and, as part of his employment paperwork, he had to fill in the following. To those of us working in the NHS there is nothing surprising about this.

Well my knowledge of Neanderthals is rather limited to the work showing that some of them would likely had red hair. But now a reviewer (Clive Gamble) in Nature of a book on Neanderthals states that” Wynn and Coolidge conclude that today, Neanderthals would be commercial fishermen or mechanics, based on their enormous strength and […]

Oct 04, 2011

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This is a new blog site and design for me. The deign and host in is by RoslinDesign here in Edinburgh. (see bottom of page for link). It will take me a day or two to pull over some stuff from my other sites and reorganise the content

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