The philosophy of Iris Murdoch

by Jon Elsby During her lifetime, Iris Murdoch was probably better known – and more highly esteemed – as a novelist than as a philosopher. Privately, Isaiah Berlin once called her ‘a lady not noted for the clarity of her ideas’.’ Yet she taught philosophy at St Anne’s College, Oxford for several years, and, since […]

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A letter from a revolutionary eco-socialist in pain.

It’s been a very bad month for blue tits, for the poor and for me! By Gordon Liddle Zombie Apocalypse, 18th Sept 2021 Blue Tits tend to have only one brood per year. They feed their young on caterpillars and have to gauge when these are freely available to choose when to lay their eggs. […]

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Opposition to Avi Loeb’s unbiased, empirical inquiry

                       Critical and logical thinking is not genuine Smart Thinking, it is merely a form of computation By Bryan Greetham In the film Free Guy a bank teller discovers he is actually just a character in a video game. This forms the basis of a question that many have asked. From Descartes ‘evil demon’, to […]

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Madeleine McCann: Trolling the Victims

A deep dive into a dark world By Carrie Camel A CONCERTED social media campaign has been launched by trolls to destroy a new book on the Madeleine McCann mystery. The aggressive trolling, spearheaded out of Spain by a retired British police detective, comes from a group that has long claimed that the McCanns killed […]

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Afghanistan: debunking the clash of civilisations

“Behind you is the sea, before you, the enemy” By Khaled Diab The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the collapse of the American-backed Afghan government has revived fears that we are in the midst of a monumental clash of civilisations between the West and Islam. In this extract from his book Islam for the Politically […]

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The Blairs, Catholicism, and New Labour

by Garry O’Connor The word ‘religion’ comes from the Latin religare, meaning ‘to bind back’, and in the present climate, in a society awash with an ‘all-pervasive claim to victimhood’, and the escalating fear and often reality of violence, a ‘binding back’ in multiple ways, not least culturally, is needed. While the No. 10 press […]

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20 years on, we need to see 9/11 in context

Victims of 9/11 should direct their anger at both the terrorists and the US Foreign Policy Establishment. By Phil Hall Now, 20 years later the time has come when the USA has to face up to its history and put 9/11 into context. Adam Curtis, the intellectual detective, suggested that when things are not properly […]

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Restoration

Harry Greenberg Reflects on a First Creative Project From His Early Teens I have restored the family heirloom. It was handed down and went with the family wherever they went. Some of them said, ‘For God’s sake, leave it behind, lose it in transit; who wants it? Who needs it?’ But it was never lost […]

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