Miscellany
Scientists to erase free linguistic choice?

Scientists to erase free linguistic choice?

On February 1st, the BBC radio 4 Today programme presenter John Humphrys asked Professor Bob Knight of UC Berkeley whether the results of Knight’s recent experiment into the reconstruction of speech from neuron signals could possibly lead to the danger of those with ‘malign intent to find out what we’re...
The Sneeze: a very social history

The Sneeze: a very social history

Regularly powering out at speeds of around 90 mph, and the fastest ever recorded flying at over 100mph, the sneeze is the convertible of bodily exhalations. But not only is it fast, it prompts multiple interpretations . It is a sign of illness, allergy, the presence of evil, good or...
A Sociable Death

A Sociable Death

The subject of death isn’t likely to bring joy to people’s hearts. I can imagine the rolling of your eyes as you see the title, followed by the immediate journey of the cursor to the close button and the exhale of relief as you rid your screen of whiny self-indulgence....
The Past in Us

The Past in Us

In a passage of Douglas Coupland’s novel Generation A the author envisions a time when the spoken and written word becomes too efficient for use on earth. In this world, beautiful landscapes are no longer depicted in ethereal Shakespearian verse or hewn out of dense Conradian prose, but instead, are...
An Interview With Jonathan Wolff (Part II)

An Interview With Jonathan Wolff (Part II)

Jonathan Wolff is a widely renowned Professor of Philosophy at University College London. He specialises in political philosophy with a keen interest in the relationship between philosophical theory and public policy. Recently, he has written on a variety of topics such as disadvantage, distributive justice, health, equality, disability, and the...
Two People, Same Mind

Two People, Same Mind

The mind is king of an infinite space, where each person is very much their own God. In thought, a person can murder, rape and pillage with no repercussion, save a concerned conscience. They can be heroic, with no congratulation except a self-created marvelling at an imagined gallantry. Yet, to...
Dead sexy dead Cora

Dead sexy dead Cora

In the week of a very significant death, we reflect on the naked truth that the legacy of some people warrant derision, some lamentation, others warrant an homage that is befitting of their life. Carolin Wosnitza deserved no less than this. All of it courtesy of our effigy authority JMC....
Requiem (for a small pub in Hereford)

Requiem (for a small pub in Hereford)

The men in front of the smoked glass window sit a few feet apart in the hazy gloom with only each other and two half-drunk pints for company or entertainment, in a silence without conceivable beginning or end. The Landlady is slumped on the bar behind her drink, and raises...
The Stuff of Objects

The Stuff of Objects

Symbolic representations of love, romance (and consumerism) are everywhere. It is February 14; upon us is the day we celebrate/endure Valentine’s Day (which has long lost its original saintly prefix, being removed from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969). The cupid adorned handmade card, once exchanged as a token...