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Our posthuman future

“If I had asked people what they wanted,” Henry Ford once observed, “they would have asked for faster horses”.  For the same reason, Steve Jobs never bothered with market research. He didn’t need to know what people wanted. He invented things that they would want if they knew what they could do with them. Sometimes […]

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A miracle…A miracle…

When I was a schoolboy I was forced to attend Church three times a week. This made me disgruntled. I had concluded that there was no evidence for any of the religions when I was 8 years old. Having been sent to private sessions with a peddler of Roman Catholicism (fortunately not the touchy-feely type), […]

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EU in the UK, and the decline of Labour

Labours grip on its core vote was loosened further by the Heywood and Middleton by-election results. Had three thousand conservative voters in the constituency not split the vote, Labour would have been on the receiving end of their biggest by election blow in decades. With Labour doing very badly in the European Election and with […]

Barack Obama

Time to talk

The New York Times and Fox News do not frequently agree. They are, however, agreed that President Obama is shortly to issue an executive order changing the status of several million illegal immigrants. He has wanted to do so for some time, so the timing – immediately after the mid-term elections – is not a […]

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Should we welcome synthetic meat?

The cultivation of crops and the domestication of animals were two of the breakthrough technologies for our species. They marked the move from hunter-gatherers to settled and nomadic communities. Other breakthroughs – the bucket and the plow, for example, which enabled farmers to produce surplus, and thus for some people to be something other than […]

2125_steve_jobs

Our posthuman future

“If I had asked people what they wanted,” Henry Ford once observed, “they would have asked for faster horses”.  For the same reason, Steve Jobs never bothered with market research. He didn’t need to know what people wanted. He invented things that they would want if they knew what they could do with them. Sometimes […]

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A miracle…A miracle…

When I was a schoolboy I was forced to attend Church three times a week. This made me disgruntled. I had concluded that there was no evidence for any of the religions when I was 8 years old. Having been sent to private sessions with a peddler of Roman Catholicism (fortunately not the touchy-feely type), […]

Barack Obama

Time to talk

The New York Times and Fox News do not frequently agree. They are, however, agreed that President Obama is shortly to issue an executive order changing the status of several million illegal immigrants. He has wanted to do so for some time, so the timing – immediately after the mid-term elections – is not a […]

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Now that was a shellacking

For more than eight decades the Democratic Party has been the dominant party of the US. It is one of the most successful political parties in the democratic world. But, at least for the moment, everything has changed.  Past realignments have been long term. The Republican Party became dominant after the Civil War and remained […]

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