Obituary: Bryan Greetham, teacher, writer and thinker

By Pat Rowe Bryan Greetham (1946-2022) the writer and thinker, died on Sunday 26th June in Estepona, Spain. Above all, Bryan wanted to help students of all ages be the best thinkers possible. Bryan was born in Faversham, Kent. He failed the 11 plus exam and went to a secondary modern school. But this didn’t […]

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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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Escaping the Monkey Trap

By Bryan Greetham. We are busy producing a generation of the most sophisticated recyclers of received opinion In Robert Pirsig’s best-selling book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, he describes ‘the old South Indian Monkey Trap’, which consists of a coconut, which has been hollowed out and chained to a stake. Inside there is […]

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Understanding risk

By Bryan Greetham In this period of COVID-19 it is essential that we understand risk and to do so means we need a basic understanding of the statistics involved in assessing risk. On 23 rd August, Professor Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical adviser, claimed that children are more likely to be harmed by not […]

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Fascism and Conspiracy

Modern conspiracy theory and the appeal of fascism and racism for the working class By Bryan Greetham In my first contribution to this discussion about fascism I examined the claim that fascism was a last ditch response to failing capitalism. Unlike that issue, there seems to be very little evidence to suggest that there is […]

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Fascism offered a return to pre-industrial society

National Socialism offered the lower middle class a way of side-stepping the choice between liberalism or socialism. It offered a return to traditional German values. By Bryan Greetham I wanted to take up the claim that fascism was a last ditch response to a failing capitalism, an attempt to rescue it. One powerful incentive to […]

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We Were Caught in the Neo-liberal Trap

But now we have another pivotal moment. By Bryan Greetham Before the Second World War a German chemist was working to discover what we would call today an antibiotic. Each evening he would leave out Petri dishes with bacteria in them so they could grow during the night for him to work on the next […]

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