Thoughts & Speculations

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Watch the bankers riot…

Imagine a world where the government is about to regulate wages so that top incomes are no more than ten times the lowest. Imagine you’re earning a really high salary, as a banker let’s say. Imagine your salary will be cut and your bonuses capped. Ideologically you believe in the absolute purity of money, you believe it shouldn’t be interfered with and you believe you have every right to make as much of it as you can. Read more >>

 

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What we consider acceptable today was different five years ago, very different twenty years ago and unrecognisable a hundred years ago.

How does it happen?

Look at the way our attitudes are changing to corporate tax dodging; who’d have thought a few brave protesters could shift the mood of society so successfully.

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What’s the point of prohibition?

There are lots of things that are prohibited and the law is there to make sure we obey. Some of these are obvious and talked about semi-openly in public, such as drug prohibition. Some are so built into the fabric of our society that we don’t even recognise them as prohibition. For example, public nudity… Read more…

 

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Truth is what you believe, so believe what is true – there are plenty of facts we all agree on, but the hypotheses that emerge from these facts can vary and that’s when it becomes difficult to agree, or even discuss, what is true. It can be hard to believe in something and hold it lightly enough to genuinely welcome the other point of view or even change your mind. Read more…

 

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Some thoughts about Living in your dystopia 13: you need a festival of enhancement…

I’ve been interested in transhumanism since I began to understand the decisions facing the next generations when it comes to human enhancement. If you’re wondering what human enhancement means – Read more…

 

small-ifSome thoughts about Living in your dystopia 12: celebrating the magic and the murder of your universe…

November is the month of Guy Fawkes night and remembrance day, both of which made me a little uncomfortable this year. I was acutely aware that there was a huge amount of pain and suffering behind both of them. Read more…

 


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