Category: Social commentary

  • Your chances of dying from Covid are …?

    I saw a question on Reddit recently asking that if there had been no action taken on Covid, what would have happened? One of the answers said you would notice when your neighbours were dying and the coffins were stacked up in the streets. I hope that people who inhabit the Reddit world are not…

  • This is how it starts

    Many years ago IBM was the big force in computing. They had an advertising slogan ‘No one ever got fired for buying IBM’. In other words, if you need a computer project done and you choose a company other than IBM, and it goes pear shaped (as they often do), your boss is going to…

  • If you want to understand the present, study the past

    My mother was brought up in a very Jewish family in Poland. In the early 1930s her parents — my grandparents — took her and her brother out of Poland to Belgium and then to London. They knew that something dreadful was going to happen and they wanted to move to a safe place. Like many truely religious people…

  • Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and COVID-19

    The anti-blasphemy laws in Pakistan date back to British rule and were undoubtably made for political, not religious, purposes. However they are largely supported in Pakistan. As this BBC article point out: A large majority of Pakistani people support the idea that blasphemers should be punished, but there is little understanding of what the religious scripture says…

  • We are living in a Sci-Fi movie

    When the coronavirus broke out I felt, probably like many people, that I was living through a sci-fi movie. News programs with images of deserted streets and injunctions to stay at home. Now I feel I’m in a different sci-fi movie. It’s the one where the aliens have landed and they put something in the…

  • There’s an insanity in the world

    When the Coronavirus outbreak first came to light I wrote this article. The gist of it is that governments should simply let the virus run its course and deal with the disease as it occurs, preferably treating people in their homes and only in hospitals as a last resort. I suggested that governments train medical people who can…

  • Real and fake emotions

    Some time ago I saw an online article by a man who’s cat died. He said that some time previously he was incapacitated and laid on a couch for much of the day. The cat would sit with him. He became very attached to the cat which was his only companion and was always there…

  • The red pill and the blue pill

    In the movie ‘The Matrix’ Neo is offered the choice between two pills: the blue pill will keep him in the dream where he can believe whatever he wants to believe. The red pill ejects him into a reality. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe…

  • Understanding the scientists behind COVID-19

    The title is not a misprint. I wrote a while ago about Relational and instrumental understanding. In short, most so-called understanding today is of the instrumental type. People learn facts and processes but they are not taught the overall picture. One aspect of this is that you will consistently find that when talking to people who…

  • The legacy of COVID-19

    I’ve discussed in a previous article that the approach of governments to COV-19 in dealing with he virus is not the most effective (as we can see in Italy). It is not bringing down the death rates and is causing economies to collapse. It’s like fighting a twenty-first century battle using a nineteen-thirties economy. This raises an…