Tag Archives: thinking

There are too many good things in the world …

(Things I have learnt this week: if using the WordPress phone app it’s important to exit it properly else it doesn’t save your drafts …) There are too many good things in the world for you to be a part … Continue reading

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Saturday Play – What would you save?

If your house was burning down, what would you save? I came across a website today that is made up of people’s answers to this question. It’s pretty interesting – link: The Burning House. After some thought, here’s what I would save: … Continue reading

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A picture held us captive …

Today’s thought-provoking quotation comes to me from a talk at Church over the weekend. Wittgenstein: A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to … Continue reading

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A Very Short Introduction: The Old Testament (part book review, part rant)

Yesterday, I went into Heffers. I was only planning to buy one book, which is work-relevant (Amongst Mathematicians, by Elena Nardi). But once I was in there … well. (I find it very hard to resist buying books in Heffers. … Continue reading

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Heffers SFF Evening

Last night, Heffers in Cambridge had a science fiction and fantasy evening.I was very impressed. They had tables set out around the store, where the authors were mostly based, signing books and chatting to people and things. and then at … Continue reading

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In the middle … (Albert Einstein)

(This one’s especially for my friends who are finalists/MPhils/Part IIIs this year, and therefore are under immense pressure this term:)I have this quotation pinned up above my desk (hence the picture above). Not, as it happens, because it has any … Continue reading

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Tall’s Three Worlds of Mathematics

Disclaimer: as I am only starting to read up on these things, there may be some errors below – everything is true to the best of my knowledge, but my knowledge is as yet shallow. For the last few weeks, … Continue reading

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Economic growth …

“Economic growth, for so long the great engine of progress, has, in the rich countries, largely finished its work.” The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone (2010) Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett In slightly more context: “For thousands … Continue reading

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What makes a good leader?

What do you think makes someone a good leader? This is something I started thinking about in Church yesterday. I think the thoughts knocking round in my head are kind of related to the ‘Passing on Wisdom?‘ post which I … Continue reading

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Passing on Wisdom?

xkcd: Certainty (http://xkcd.com/263/) In the last week or so, I’ve been thinking about the difficulties inherent in trying to impart knowledge/skills/habits/information/anything to anyone. This is partly in response to things I’ve been reading or hearing which make me sit back … Continue reading

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