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Dark Matter

There are five fundamental forces of nature: the strong nuclear force, the weak nuclear force, gravity, magnetism and a human being’s conviction that the bad guy is never himself.

Posted on November 8, 2009 at 12:36 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On Being Always Right

We have all heard it, but how often do we stop to think about it? Someone says, “I am never mistaken” or synonymous phrase. What could this mean? That the speaker has had his or her beliefs, calculations or conclusions independently audited for conformity to a real, external world, and has been awarded a grade […]

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 10:43 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On The One Explanatory Model Of Our Time

“It always bugged me to be told that bullies were just jealous or insecure”, says a friend. “Even as a child I knew that was bullshit!” Her analysis was more that bullies thought they were superior and were thereby entitled to push the weaker around. My instincts ran in parallel, but I attempted to think […]

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 13:24 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Democratisation Of Aristocracy

Never before in the course of human history, if I may wax a little Churchillian, have the bad habits and qualities of aristocracy reached so far down the social scale. The most obvious mode is, of course, fashion. Shopgirls are now as fashion-conscious as countesses of the ancien régime; one assumes that in the world […]

Posted on December 1, 2009 at 10:26 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Why Maslow Was Wrong

If the Theory of Everything towards which the physicists are always striving means a unified and elegant account of all the forces constituting and acting upon matter, then any grand unified theory of man must provide a similarly elegant account of what drives human behaviour. The thing has been tried before, to less than universal […]

Posted on January 1, 2013 at 12:45 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
In: THE LONGEST CON, A Theory Of Everybody

The End Of The Road For Equality

The other day a BBC journalist was making or reporting a case for our concept of “equality” being a horrible muddle, confusing equality of opportunity with equality of outcomes. Well, duh, this used to be Political Ideas 101. Of course they are two different things! The right to compete on equal terms strictly implies the […]

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 22:10 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ho Anthropos Phusei Say-What? Zöon

Aristotle famously proclaimed that “Man is a political animal,” though “social animal” would be a better translation. It might be more accurate still to call him a blaming animal. After all, blaming is one of the things that we can do that no other creature can. Only in cartoons does the family cat claim that […]

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 11:00 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Towards A Science Of Bad-Guy-ology

In my youth I remember a university tutor praising me for saying that Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative was nothing but a Teutonic pomposity for what we have always known as the Golden Rule. Forty years on, I now feel a sense of shame at this, somewhat ameliorated by a suspicion that I am not alone […]

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 19:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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