Category Archives: philosophy

Less stuff—more joy

This is the motto of an organisation that’s new to me: Take the Jump. The jump is from the consumerism that has consumed the planet to… the lifestyle my wife Jolanda and I have been living since 1978. Do check … Continue reading

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I am now a fan of Tom Murphy

Tom is an astrophysicist, with impressive credentials, and in this chatty and powerful essay, he has made me into his fan. He covers several related matters, passing from one to another in a logical way. The start is the tribal … Continue reading

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The more you give the more you grow: how you should run a business

In 2015, I reported on Dan Price, a Seattle businessman who reduced his salary from nearly a million dollars a year to $70,000, and raised the salaries of all his employees to the same amount. Since then, his business has … Continue reading

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Walking, boring?

A friend on a writing list is trying to lose weight, but complained that walking is so BORING. I was cheeky enough to respond thus: Walking can be a form of meditation. Look around. There is a sky above. Never … Continue reading

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War is NOT an inherent part of human nature

While scheduling the December issue of Bobbing Around, I clicked on the link for one of my old posts, which led to a Scientific American article I’d read but forgotten about. It is well worth revisiting, because it demonstrates that … Continue reading

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Enjoy my chat with Claudia

As I mentioned in the last issue of Bobbing Around, I had a wonderful interview with Professor Claudia Monacelli. Um, to get things right, she interviewed me. Our chat went live on 11 November. Here it is on Spotify. Please … Continue reading

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Two Women, Aged Fifty-five

This award-winning story is one of the 29 in Through Other Eyes. I am posting it now as a discussion topic for one of the free online sessions I am planning on positive psychology. The youngsters in front of her … Continue reading

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Inspiring incarceration

My novel, Hit and Run, features a multiple murderer who becomes a good person. This was because he decided to model on a few wonderful people, just like I did as a teenager. At 13 years of age, I was … Continue reading

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Want to understand why economics is science fiction?

In economics, everything is measured in financial terms. In this post by Tim Morgan, you will understand why this is a fallacy. In the real world, the production of goods and services depends on energy. In the 1970s, about 2% … Continue reading

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Putting things in context

I have a gentle, self-effacing friend in Britain I would be happy to vote for as President of Earth. This is because he would not exercise power, and so would not be corrupted by it. He would make sure all … Continue reading

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