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What is the character of UK innovation policy?

I argue that innovation policy is in the process of being re-characterised as a joint venture of public-private enterprise with justification from government found in rhetoric for innovation to overcome Grand Challenges. To demonstrate my thesis, I will consider how the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) policy works: the objectives, policies, institutions, and funding… [Read more]

On Eugenics Today and Its ‘Scientific’ Refutations

Geneticists, such as Adam Rutherford at University College London, occasionally claim that racism is false because genetic variance shows humans’ current preoccupation with melanin pigmentation, bone structure, and singular origin stories are but misapprehensions. The idea of ‘a race’ is a mistake since the appearance and character traits, social and bodily, within any population are… [Read more]

Drone Kills Libyan Rebel Autonomously: Why ‘Killer Robots’ Need A Ban

In the midnight hour of the 26 September 1983, a warning algorithm alerted Stansiav Petrov that five missiles were bound for Russia. Petrov alerted his officers at the Kremlin and a salvo of five missiles was sent out to New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Seattle. That is how the nuclear war… [Read more]

Does it still make sense to read science-philosophy classics?

This question arguably bears an assumption: that reading philosophy classics has been useful to science before, whereas now reading them for use is dubious. Granted, many first-rate physicists dismiss philosophy. An assumption that philosophy has no value to offer ‘actual’ science today is common. Stephen Hawking said, “Philosophy is dead”. And Richard Feynman and Lawrence… [Read more]

Does Tech Worsen Inequality or Solve Inequality?

I have been asked to write on how tech influences inequality. The online feeds give the impression tech is good, whereas similar talk of the 1% suggest tech is bad. To much chagrin, I think neither is correct. The picture is more complex than that, as I write below: This headline’s question bears assumptions. It… [Read more]

Everyone Should Sing

Sing, sing, sing all you want. We each grow up patterned by circumstance: each of us learned, not at one point but, at successive subtle points that there are singers and then there are listeners. Most of us are the listeners. Yet this listener and singer arrangement is abnormal, rare with all societies ever taken… [Read more]

The Best Science Fiction Short Story

Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is filled with a soft radiance. There are no apertures for ventilation, yet the air is fresh. There are no musical instruments, and yet, at the moment that… [Read more]

This Is What To Eat Each Day

The longest-lived healthful people neither diet or workout. Those who live in Nicoya Costa Rica, or Okinawa, or Loma Linda California, for example. Instead of excluding a tableau of food, they eat what their (lucky) environment affords; vegetables and beans and wholegrains are common denominators. Instead of attending gyms, Nicoyans, Okinawans and Seventh Day Adventists… [Read more]

Multilingualism Is The Norm

The most efficient way to learn a language is already known; I systematised it here, a post about a multilingual who learned to speak multiple languages as an adult for his opera career. (Also backed by computational linguistics.) Learning languages when an adult is arduous, and it’s that which makes him impressive. Children, on the… [Read more]

The Best Show On British Television

The best show on British television – Inside No 9. Each time I watch an episode I am reminded of Henri Bergson. Bergson debated with Albert Einstein in the 1920s on the nature of time. Einstein was adamant that though space-time dilates, it is nonetheless objective. Bergson was adamant that time is what one thinks… [Read more]

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