Link Loving 20.12.12

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • Research says that studying economics turns you into a liar.  Jordan Weissmann.
  • Outrageous HSBC settlement proves the drug war is a joke. Matt Taibbi.
  • The disciplined pursuit of less. Greg McKeown.
  • Johnny Depp thrills a local school after arriving unannounced as Jack Sparrow to help lead a mutiny against the teachers. BBC News.

Link Loving 19.12.12

December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • Great and wide-ranging interview with Adam Curtis. Alex Miller.

Sunday Reading Suggestion – The State Of The World

December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is the best ‘state-of-the-world’ essay I’ve read in a while. It is a corker!

It opens with a comparison of the Western world today to that of Rome during the end of the ancient world and the emergence of Christianity. Then, sweeping through philosophy, history, psychology and science – explores today’s conceptions of power, progress, consciousness and meaning. The best bit is that it doesn’t focus on the dying of something epochal – but on the reorientation and rebirth of the new, the just and the free. Hope you enjoy!

http://vanwishard.com/books/sleepwalking-through-apocalypse.html

Thanks to Alex Evans as ever for recommending!

Why English Spelling Is So Weird

December 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

I just listened to this fantastic episode of In Our Time from Radio 4, exploring the history of William Caxton and the printing press in England.

A rich conversation reveals some interesting history – including one of the reasons why English spelling is so strange, and how technology shapes culture. Recommended listening!

Link Loving 14.12.12

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • How Britain can’t come to terms with its imperialist history. Adam Ramsay
  • A classic case of how most big businesses still aren’t asking the right questions to drive sustainable innovation at scale. Natalya Sverjensky.
  • Launch of Local First – Peace Direct’s great local-led development work.

Elizabeth 1st Of England Was An Environmentalist

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

“The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.”

-Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603)

Elizabeth 1st, 1601 – Isaac Oliver

Link Loving 13.12.12

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

  • Here’s a better way to remember things. H. James Wilson.
  • Life without parole: Four inmates’ stories. John Tierney.
  • The disadvantages of an elite education: Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers. William Deresiewicz.

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