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Performance Related Pay – Expensive, misguided and ineffective

Tweet    PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY Performance related pay presents expensive, counter-productive practical problems. It also offers a superficial concept of reward and recognition and a profoundly misguided understanding of the personal and social value of work. It denies and rejects the extraordinary power of unity and self-motivation in a common cause so inspirationally demonstrated during […]

Robert M Pirsig – The Metaphysics of Quality

Tweet    Robert M Pirsig – Author Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – An Inquiry into values (1974) Lila – An Inquiry in Morals (1991)   An extraordinary and truly original thinker.  Too little known.   Persig Pensées   Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty thousand page menu, and […]

A Liberal decalogue – Bertrand Russell Not to replace the old one – to supplement it

Tweet    A LIBERAL DECALOGUE by Bertrand Russell   Not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it   Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think it worthwhile to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light. Never try to discourage thinking for you […]

Passion and love; friendship and respect; philosophy and humanity

Tweet Stars Hankies My Afternoons With Margueritte – Jean Becker Rumpelstiltskinian: Director Becker has taken a few random narrative straws and spun them into a fragment of gold. Sentimental? Yes: but touching, truthful and with that rare quality in modern movies, heart. Semi-literate Germain Chazes (a superb Depardieu) was the unwanted result of a post-prandial […]

The Time of our lives at the movies

TweetThe Clock – Christian Marclay – White Cube Gallery London Not a movie but deeply cinematic. This Art installation at the White Cube Gallery, Mason’s Yard is a must for anyone interested in cinema. But be warned it is onnly on until 13th November Californian Christian Marclay has taken clips from thousands of commercial films […]

Thought snippets: cloud of philosophy condensed into a drop of grammar

Tweet Thought Snippets God came to me in a dream I dreamed God came to me Language of commitment Language as commitment Reading the words Reading the sense Following a rule Being guided by a rule Believing you know Knowing you believe Saying what you mean Meaning what you say The pursuit of happiness Finding […]

Out of mind – out of insight: science, philosophy, mind, empirical, conceptual

TweetOut of mind – out of insight If you are infected with the disease of philosophy and find this stuff interesting, the book that best explores these ideas in depth is The Idea of a Social Science and its Relation to Philosophy – Peter Winch ISBN 0-415-05431-1. Old – but still in print. Discussions of […]