Deptford Jack in the Green

Photo: Thankfull Sturdee Photo: © Fowlers Troop Tomorrow is Mayday, and I shall hopefully be spending the day in London following the Deptford Jack in the Green. This year’s procession starts at 11:30 by the Market Porter in Borough Market, Stoney Street SE1 9AA. It then wends its way around the SE1 district of London, […]

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Albert takes his final trip

Albert Hoffman, inventor of the powerful psychedelic drug commonly known as LSD, has died at his home in Basel at the age of 102. Hoffman first synthesised lysergic acid diethylamide in 1938 while looking into possible medicinal uses of the cereal crop fungus ergot. He then accidently ingested a mere 250 microgrammes of the substance […]

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Silicon stretches into shape

Flexible electronic devices made from organic materials may soon make it to market, but it appears that the high-performance mainstay of the electronics industry could be given a new lease of life by materials scientists. Silicon could, the researchers claim, be used in integrated circuits that stretch and wrap around complex shapes such as spheres, […]

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Jürgen Habermas’ road to Rome?

Another paper – this time philosophical rather than scientific – that I’ve been sitting on for a while and wondering whether it deserves public comment, has forced its way back into my conscious mind. I refer to 14 pages of particularly turgid German prose by neo-marxian thinker Jürgen Habermas titled “Die Dialektik der Säkularisierung” (The […]

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Anthropocene – from metaphor to informed scientific opinion

Back in February I came across a very nice open-access science paper published by the Geological Society of America. I had intended to write something about it, but the file got buried in a bulging folder of things to do, and then I completely forgot about it. Even now I shall do little more than […]

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Beer, Morris, St George and a Levantine lass

On Wednesday last I ventured into Lewisham to drink a few beers, celebrate St George’s Day and watch the Blackheath Morris Men dance outside the Jolly Farmers. The day started had started off with heavy rain and dark clouds hanging at just above head height. But early in the afternoon the clouds lifted, and by […]

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When philosophy becomes misanthropy

See here for a classic example, in which a Cambridge philosopher rails against the world in a way that suggests he is angry with everything and everyone, including himself. Needless to say I’m unimpressed with this display of intellectual petulance, and do hope that the Times Higher Education (Supplement) is not attempting to create its […]

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