Progressive Atrophy of Common Sense (part II): Reprise

Not long after ranting about people taking responsibility for their own actions a shiny new example jumps up and says hello. 28 year old, Graham Calvert of Wearside has lost a bucket load of cash due to a gambling problem. Note a key point here: He has lost money because…

debate, responsibility, common sense

Agreeing Machines Vs Thinking Machines

Are we all becoming agreeing machines instead of thinking machines? The late, great Kurt Vonnegut Jr once wrote: "She was stupid on purpose, which was the case with most women. The women all had big minds because they were big animals, but they did not use them for this reason…

quotes, literature, vonnegut

Blade Runner: Logos Prevails Over Pathos

It has been reported today that the International Association of Athletics Federations have finally ruled to bar Oscar Pistorius a.k.a. The Blade Runner from competing at the Olympic games in Beijing. If you are Unfamiliar with this story see this BBC feature The basic facts are these: Oscar…

sport, athletics, debate

Progressive Atrophy of Common Sense (part II)

Please join me in observing these three escalating examples of nonsense: Don't Lend Me Money When I Ask For It There has been a growing trend in the UK of banks receiving criticism for lending money to people who could not keep up repayments and in all likelihood were never…

common sense, debate, responsibility

Progressive Atrophy of Common Sense (part I)

One of the things that concerns me most in recent years is the complete lack of common sense displayed by the general public and the institutions that serve them. Many examples are available and whilst most seem to stem from the US and the religious right, for example, school text…

art, common sense, debate

Why me?

Billy licked his lips, thought a while, enquired at last: "Why me?" "That is a very earthling question to ask, Mr Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?" "Yes." Billy, in fact, had a…

quotes, literature, vonnegut