Category Archives: philosophy

Placebo without deception

We all know what the placebo effect is: you are given an apparent treatment that doesn’t actually work, and yet your health improves. This has always been seen as a form of deception: tricking the patient into getting better. But … Continue reading

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Are we just delaying the inevitable with climate change?

Originally posted on Bobbing Around:
I answer questions on Quora. For some reason, this one got me going, and my typing fingers took flight. Please read my answer, and if you approve of the message, share it around. With metta,…

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Are we God’s puppets? A guest post at Kevy’s blog

A month ago, Kevy Michaels decided to follow Bobbing Around. As I always do, I visited his and left a friendly note. His response was so wonderful that I posted it immediately. Part of his message was an invitation for … Continue reading

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No paper is better than recycled paper

With plastics flooding everything, paper and cardboard are the packaging materials of the future. So, paper use is projected to rise. No worries, we use recycled, right? This paper by Lloyd Alter in Treehugger (excuse the pun) shows the problem … Continue reading

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Beautiful writing about a terrible event: man fell from plane

You’ve just got to read this essay showing the essential goodness of many people, including a police investigator. Then there is a moral in the tail, one I approve of. (Hey, would I post the link otherwise?)

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Numbers count: the risk of a clot

I don’t know if to be amused or exasperated by the hooha regarding the clot-causing danger of the AstraZeneca vaccine. I taught statistics at university, so always look at the numbers. Here is an authoritative article setting out the issues. … Continue reading

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Passionate wisdom from Kevy Michaels

I was notified that Kevy has started following Bobbing Around. As I always do, I visited his blog and left a friendly comment. Here is Kevy’s response: I must meditate & pray every day. It gives me the ability to … Continue reading

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Free books from IC Robledo

How much time do you spend thinking about your goals? I want to learn more, achieve more, succeed more… we may think, but how can you actually make that happen? One of the best approaches I’ve found is reading. Reading … Continue reading

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Kim Robinson and coronavirus

My friendship and collaboration with Kim Robinson goes back years. She displays several of my recipes on her website, such as ANZAC biscuits. Her current project is to get people to say how the pandemic has affected them. She twisted … Continue reading

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The bible and homosexuality

This is a brief extract from You Can’t Escape Destiny, the second volume of my Doom Healer Series. I have recently pestered two publishers regarding these books. Hopefully, one of them will snap it up. Tuesday, in the school staffroom … Continue reading

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