When you move through the world on foot it is slow, but the detail is unparalleled. Distilled into memory, the space and time become navigable at the speed of thought; the fastest speed you can imagine. We can call this taking possession and none of the ‘faster’ modes of travel take ownership of space in this way. Walking is therefore the fastest and the best and the most bohème way to move through the world.Read More

Conspiracy theories have always existed, filling the unsettling gaps in knowledge of the world with comfortably self-congratulatory explanation. Like nationalism, the conspiracy theory is a mechanism for controlling the non-conformists. This type of thinking has a growing influence on real power structures (e.g. elections). Society is putting its future at risk by allowing these mechanisms to run wild for short-term political gain. But can we ever regulate the groupthink?Read More

Habits become boring. Conventions are the inheriting, by stealth, of degraded traditions – the indiscriminate baggage of past generations. Careers make fait accompli of a dangerous faith in impersonal networks of shared self-interest. But what chance do we have for something bigger or better, except by blind lottery luck?Read More

we’re in the yangtime now. Conditions have changed. Just as important, any younger friends are now the age I was when we went through the unusual quid pro quo, when I benefited from the hopeful energy. I’m antsy because of the sense of closing time and opportunity. So scribbling away, in my spare time, observing the ho-hum-flow.

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Theresa May’s EU Withdrawal Bill was defeated by over 220 votes, the largest defeat suffered by a British government in the country’s long and varied history. But does it change anything? What happens next? Labour and Corbyn has table a NO CONFIDENCE motion against Theresa May and the Conservative government.Read More

COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is a psychological state, observed when a brain holds onto a belief (about reality) in the face of persistent contradictory evidence; by somehow ignoring it. COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is stressful but not as disturbing as having to explode a belief. The brain’s natural non-stress state, however, is COGNITIVE CONSONANCE, where belief is evidentially and consistently in alignment with reality.
The less easily observed but nonetheless essential enabler of COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is known as COGNITIVE ASSONANCE. ASSONANCE recasts DISSONANCE with most of its stress removed so it feels almost as natural as CONSONANCE.Read More