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So it’s Twelfth Night, the eve of Epiphany and I’ve reached the end of this series for another year. I’ve enjoyed writing it and although I didn’t start with a detailed plan of the subjects to be covered, each more or less emerged from its predecessor.  Finding the banner pictures and choosing which Gaping Void […]
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Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it made humanity. One of my favourite stories from my own, and my children’s childhoods is The Elephants Child who “filled all Africa with his ‘satiable curtiosities” and spanked by his relatives for asking too many questions.  “One fine morning in the middle of the Precession of the […]
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There is a logic in going from politics to justice.  The two are not the same thing, while the latter should be one of the objectives of the former.  Their conflation is always a problem and (apologies to my US Friends) electing your judges will always go wrong.   Justice needs to exist independently of […]
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Back in the 70s in my Liberation Theology days, we had a lot of conflict with conservative evangelicals over politics on top of the historical theological debate, which went back to the 1920s.  Our argument and it is one I would still make today is that choosing not to politically engage is itself a political […]
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In this post, I want to look at the role of art as well as the artist and by association the tool maker.  There is little question that symbolic art and sophisticated tool-making capability are unique in their nature to humans and more specifically to Homo Sapiens.  Around 80,000 years ago everything started to change, […]
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If you don’t know, in the Catholic tradition Hope is a theological virtue and it’s worth quoting Pope Francis in a letter issued this February, preparing for the 2025 Jubilee Year: “We must fan the flame of hope that has been given us, and help everyone to gain new strength and certainty by looking to […]
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I need to acknowledge my debt to Terry Eagleton for his two books Radical Sacrifice  and Hope without Optimism in acting as the initial inspiration for this post and that of tomorrow.  I’ve been recommending both books on and off for some years now in the context of both climate change and Covid.  Terry has written over […]
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Dave Snowden
I spent most of yesterday’s post using the apprentice/craft hall set of practices to illustrate the unique ability of humans to create social mechanisms that transfer and enhance knowledge transfer between generations and also communities.  I’m using knowledge there in a general sense that includes practice as well as theoretical knowledge.  Today I want to […]
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Dave Snowden
So I’ve now flagged up religion and narrative as distinct aspects of human systems, and note they are both collective in nature something that with the overall function of reducing energy costs will be a theme throughout this series.  Humans like most animals to varying degrees operate best in groups, social interaction is a part […]
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