Debra Soh deserves to be heard (19/02/2021)

This afternoon the sexologist, neuroscientist and journalist Dr Debra Soh will speak at the Oxford Union. Her inclusion on this term’s roster of speakers caused quite the furore when the Union’s term card was announced. Soh’s scientific, and now journalistic career has centred on such fraught, controversial topics as gender identity, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria,Continue reading “Debra Soh deserves to be heard (19/02/2021)”

The Medium is the Massage; the effect of technology on communication, forgiveness and politics. (15/12/2020)

‘The major advances in civilisation are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur’. A.N. Whitehead, mathematician and philosopher, co-author of the Principia Mathematica (1913). The Medium is the Massage (1967) opens with the above quote. It is no throwaway line. The book’s authors: Marshal McLuhan (words) and Quentin Fiore (graphics) hadContinue reading “The Medium is the Massage; the effect of technology on communication, forgiveness and politics. (15/12/2020)”

What does ‘American Psycho’ tell us about Donald Trump? (17th of July 2020)

In Brett Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel, his protagonist, the Wall Street lawyer Patrick Bateman, cares about very few people. He certainly does not care about his girlfriend Evelyn, and definitely not his co-workers, one of whom he chops to death with an axe. But there is one person that literature’s nastiest serial killer looks upContinue reading “What does ‘American Psycho’ tell us about Donald Trump? (17th of July 2020)”

Discussion of Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ – July 2020

Publisher: Pax Librorum Publishing House Cover design: Sebestyen, employing the image ‘Chinese Dragon’ by Lihui from Dreamstime.com ‘Let your plans be as dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.’ ‘If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt, if you know Heaven andContinue reading “Discussion of Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ – July 2020”

June 2020 – At the Mountains of Madness – H.P Lovecraft (1936)

Publisher: Penguin (English Library series) Cover design: Coralie Bickford-Smith; Illustration: Despotica ‘I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why’. ‘The nervous system was so complex and highly developed as to leave Lake aghast.’ ‘Little by little however, they rose grimly into the western sky; allowingContinue reading “June 2020 – At the Mountains of Madness – H.P Lovecraft (1936)”

June 2020 – The Forever War – Joe Haldeman (first published in 1974)

Publisher: Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd (as part of SF masterworks series) Cover Design: Based on illustration by Chris Moore/Artist Partners ‘”Tonight were going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man“                   The guy who said that was a sergeant who didn’t look five years older than me.Continue reading “June 2020 – The Forever War – Joe Haldeman (first published in 1974)”