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A Beautiful Mind In An Ugly World

When John Nash wrote his doctoral thesis on non-cooperative game theory, little did he know that he would later become the subject of a Hollywood Movie and win the Nobel Prize, nor did he know that this theory would go to on to become the basis for international negotiations on Trade and the Environment.

The theory explains how to arrive at the mutually best as well as the mutually least worst scenarios when two or more subjects are competing to maximize their own positions.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 August 2010 07:02)

 

Apple's New ICAR

Or Why I Will Never Buy An I-anything

I didn’t buy an Ipad yesterday, I wanted to; I think it looks good,  I love the screen, all those apps from Istore,  I want to buy one but they just won't sell me one. Confused? Well let me tell you about Apple's new Icar.

Imagine Steve Job took it into his head to take a look at the motor industry. Seeing the US manufacturers in disarray, he spies an opportunity. He tasks the Apple team to create a new breed of car, revolutionary in design, sexy yet functional, the ‘must have’ car for the cognoscenti; in short the Icar.

 

The Unintentional Evils Of Political Correctness

A little strong, you think? Sure the PC brigade may be irritating at times, occasionally inconvenient and often faintly ridiculous, but evil, that's pushing it.

Political Correctness has become a way of life in most of the Western world. The PC brigade are often considered irritating, occasionally inconvenient, and now and again quite amusing, so it may seem a little harsh to be linking them to evils.

The key word here is unintentional.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:58)

 

Beware The Imaginative Bean Counter

Or 'Perverting The Fractional Reserve Banking System'

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, bean counting was considered boring; Bean Counters themselves were, by very definition, boring, and known for their lack of imagination.

Sure there was more to it than just counting beans; people with beans could lend beans to people who had no beans so that they could plant these beans, thereby growing additional beans, enabling the borrower to pay back the lender the original beans plus some extra beans in payment for the loan of the beans.

 

Nietzsche’s Bridge to Nowhere

Or Thus I Answered Zarathustra

Firstly may I apologize for the tardiness of my reply, but I wasn’t born for nearly 100 years after you spoke, and even after that auspicious event it took me a while to get round to reading you.

I’m not normally a fan of New Age drivel but I have to say I really enjoyed reading Thus Spoke Zarathustra

(to be precise I actually read Adrian Del Caro’s English translation), your turn of phrase was fantastic, I particularly loved ‘in the mountains the shortest distance is from peak to peak, but for that one needs long legs’, it conveys so much.

 

So you think you're a Na'vi?

So you think you're a Na'viI walked out of Avatar with a smile on my face thinking ‘Fantasia meets ‘Apocalypse Now’ but what a trite story. I loved Colonel Kilgore, sorry that should be Quaritch; when he fire bombed the big tree after gassing it, I actually heard a voice in my head say “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning”.

Last Updated (Friday, 08 July 2011 20:50)

 

The New World Order - It doesn't need to exist to do harm

I recently had a meeting with a potential business partner that was as fruitless as it was illuminating. It rapidly became obvious that we had no coinciding self interest and thus there was no deal to be done. Even if there had been the necessary mutual self interest I doubt that we could have reached an accommodation because we each believed the other to be naïve and easily manipulated.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:54)

 

The Dawkins Delusion

Let me start off with a personal note: 'The Selfish Gene' was in great part responsible for establishing me on the path of questioning how the existence of life on earth came to be, although even when I first read 'The Selfish Gene' I recall thinking that Dawkins 'He writes of science with a religious fervor'. It is this side of Dawkins that has been given free rein in 'The God Delusion'.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 27 March 2012 07:52)

 
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