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Interdisciplinarity and individuation

A tweet about this conference on ‘Promises’ has me thinking about interdisciplinarity in education: the promises it holds and the risks that come with those promises. The beauty of what an interdisciplinary eduction offers is essentially one of individuation. As such it feels contemporary,...

Global anxieties, local hope

My current job takes me out to talk to young people. I visit schools, and also they come to our university to discuss the Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree. I enjoy these occasions a lot. Occasionally I get a little carried away and can’t contain my enthusiasm, and end up confusing the message a bit, but...

Economist bashing – enough already?

I am one of those who has enjoyed taking a pop at many academic economists recently. Informally and to friends, I have compared academic economists of today to medieval scholastics: both beavering away on something which is more or less completely disconnected from and irrelevant to what the public...

Thoughts on the work of J M Greer: The Wealth of Nature

Reading The Wealth of Nature by J M Greer and enjoying it very much. The chapter called The Metaphysics of Money is particularly interesting and original – at least to me. Greer’s main message is that our civilization is, at best, in slow decline as we run out of the sort of concentrated energy...

Thoughts on entropy, energy and economics

This is one of many blogs in which I try to work out my picture of economics and its implications for our futures. These attempts will sometimes be sketchy and may take wrong turnings and need clarifications; this is because the subject is vast and complex. I want, as far as possible, to paint some big...

Social science and value judgements

I had a nice conversation with one of my favourite philosophers at UCL recently, a man I respect greatly. His main research area has been the philosophy of mathematics and he is a pure and honest thinker driven, it seems to me, only by the highest intellectual ideals and integrity. We talked about reason and...

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