Monthly Archives: April 2013

Jane Austen (1775-1817): Founder of Game Theory

  Great piece by Jennifer Schuesller in today’s New York Times about an interesting new book by Michael Chwe, which suggests that Jane Austen founded Game Theory. It’s not every day that someone stumbles upon a major new strategic thinker … Continue reading

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Gregory Bateson (1904-1980), ‘God’ and the Systemic Nature of Human Ecology

Another great quote from Gregory Bateson’s Steps to an Ecology of Mind: ‘On the one hand, have the systemic nature of the individual human being, the systemic nature of the culture in which he lives, and the systemic nature of … Continue reading

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The Downsides of Religion on Environmental Matters: Gregory Bateson’s (1904-1980) Perspective

Great quote from Gregory Bateson in his classic book ‘Steps to an Ecology of Mind’ which may go some way to explaining the difficult Christianity sometimes has with environmental issues, though obviously many Christians get this issue of stewardship of … Continue reading

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Dare to Disagree: Margaret Hefferman TED Talk

Great TED talk that captures the essence of this blog: use conflict to achieve better results

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Should One Mourn Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)?

I took no pleasure in Lady Thatcher’s death, and wish her family well; but I saw her life as tragic for the country. Here was a gutsy, intelligent, hard working, scientifically educated, strong leader, our first woman Prime Minister, facing … Continue reading

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What the Gatekeepers of a Nation Can and Cannot Do: Conflict Movie: ‘The Gatekeepers’

Very interesting article in today’s conservative British Daily Telegraph by David Blair, its Chief Foreign Correspondent about a new movie that has just opened of interviews with former heads of the Israeli security service Shit Bet. It suggested that in … Continue reading

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Conflict Photography: the Human Cost of D-Day

My friend Kathy has just posted a great collection of World War 2 Photos that can be seen at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309473/France-D-Day-Astonishing-online-archive-pictures-shows-horror-devastation-moments-humanity-aftermath-liberation-Allied-forces.html There are also links within this to other sources. Here is one photo of local French women putting a flower … Continue reading

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