Category Archives: Society

Embrace your ignorance

(featured image: Robert Couse-Baker CC BY) It is OK not to know stuff for certain, especially when things are uncertain Once upon a time, there was a cat. It was a hypothetical cat, owned and imagined by Erwin Schrödinger, a … Continue reading

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Gambling with the undead

(featured image credit: Dov Harrington CC BY) In these surreal times, it is good to acknowledge the gambles we and others make I am a gambler. The UK is in a near-lockdown state, and yesterday I needed to go to … Continue reading

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Like shifting sands

(featured image credit: Weekend wayfarers CC BY) Our preferences are neither fixed, nor absolute – and that is a good thing, in times of crisis Some people prefer fried tomatoes to steamed broccoli, while for others it is the opposite. … Continue reading

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Our (corona)viral pitfalls

(featured image credit: CDC) The stakes in the global battle against the coronavirus are high, and our ability to make sense of often conflicting messages is under strain – there are many pitfalls. How should we evaluate what we read? … Continue reading

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Eisenhower and the coronavirus

(featured image: Judith E. Bell CC BY) In case of urgency, the unimaginable can become the feasible Say you had two tasks competing for your attention: one is very important, the other one is very urgent. Which one would you … Continue reading

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Why we must keep memories alive

(featured image: aitoff/Pixabay) Time is money, it is often said, but it is also distance. By bridging these distances, we can make better life decisions In one of the most memorable scenes from the sitcom Father Ted, the main character … Continue reading

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The mystery of the moral obligation

(featured image credit: Arek Socha/Pixabay) It may sound like the title of a Sherlock Holmes story, but moral obligation is rather more mysterious Imagine you are offered an interest free loan, with a moral obligation to repay it. That’s it. … Continue reading

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