The opportunity the British Empire now gives us

Britain has just achieved its lowest carbon emissions since 1909 and that has to be good news.  But not that good.  Globally, 2017 achieved the highest carbon emissions on record. In any case, such news misses the point and could...

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Five reasons for going vegan

Why be a Vegan?    The world’s cow herd creates more greenhouse gas than the world’s car fleet.  It’s the industrially produced meat that is really harmful, both tearing down rainforests to grow the soya and the increased methane from...

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Socrates on beauty

And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth and mount upwards for the sake of that other beauty, using these as steps only,...

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Independent countries that are doing well.

When you look at independent countries who are doing well even though they are not members of big trading blocs you find in every case that there is a good reason.  South Korea has a highly educated workforce and...

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Can we arrest the wild life catastrophe? Yes we can

Can we arrest the wild life catastrophe?  Yes we can   In Britain we are facing a wild life catastrophe.  A recent State of Nature report described the UK as “one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world”.  One in...

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The Man Within the Breast

It is often the case that the disciples of a great master not only falsify his teachings but in his name practise the very opposite of what he taught.  The outstanding example of course is Jesus Christ, but another...

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Darwin and Genesis

I have two intertwining tragedies in my mind.   One is Darwin’s misinterpretation of his own great discovery.   His realization that all life emanates from a single source would better have led him to stress the brotherhood and unfolding glory...

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Deception, self-deception and chimpanzees.

It is easy to understand how we come to deceive other people.  But how can you deceive yourself?  Yet, clearly, we do.  Herbert Fingarette argues that we can put ideas we do not wish to entertain so far to...

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Boredom: answers on a postcard please

A major cause of the First War, but one rarely mentioned by historians who have spilt so much ink on why the conflict happened, was without doubt boredom.   The upper classes were bored because they had nothing to do,...

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A ravishingly beautiful light

On the longest day an evening light of ravishing, exceptional beauty. Most of the things we see in nature are beautiful because of the harmony of their parts. A rose is beautiful because of the exact repetition of its...

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