The Rising Cost of Lying

The Rising Cost of Lying

According to official Russian sources, the Ukrainians are either killing their own people or staging highly realistic scenes of mass murder, with the sole aim of discrediting Russia’s invading forces.  Of course, nobody in their right mind, except perhaps the most dyed-in-the-wool ideologue or craven fellow traveller, believes any of this.  Applying David Hume’s test [...]

The World Turns on its Dark Side

The World Turns on its Dark Side

Putin’s war of choice in Ukraine has untold impact on countless lives and on the future security and stability of human civilisation. What to say?  Let's start with the nature of decision-making. Much has been made of Putin's shift from cool-headed strategist to Napoleonic visionary, and I confess that I saw nothing in the evolution [...]

Last Refuge

Last Refuge

The Union Jack has been in the news a lot recently, and not for vexillological reasons. Fun with Flags, you might say, but there’s something serious going on here. National symbols, love of country and loyalty to it - these aren’t trivial issues. They pertain to the very fabric of our or any other nation.  [...]

You, your organisation and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

You, your organisation and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

There - an object lesson in how to grip an audience with a title.  But bear with me. Behind the wordy headline there might be a few nuggets worth reading, not least because I’ve done extensive background research (15 minutes online, which I understand is sufficient these days to support a firmly-held opinion). From this [...]