Insanity is scientists doing the same experiments over and over again and expecting different results
Yesterday, I fell into a hole, again. Since I began studying the history of eugenics in 2014, I have fallen into this metaphorical hole many times. The journey starts on the surface: I have a clear destination, a route and the time in which I will cover it. En route, I find a place which […]
With the decline of belief in God, Westerners seek someone to bring order out of chaos – to control an out-of-control universe. The BBC has nominated Sir David for this challenge. The Beeb is suffering from Attenborough Attachment Disorder – a communicable disease that may eventually prove far more lethal to the human race than Covid-19.
There’s something absurdly comic about long hyphenated names in English, something which irresistibly invites ridicule. One of my favourite examples occurs in Evelyn Waugh’s black comedy Decline and Fall — Sir Alastair Digby-Vane-Trumpington. Both comic and decadent, as ADVT is one of a pack of drunken students whose carousal precipitates the hero’s expulsion from Oxford. […]
On August 6, 1875, Gabriel García Moreno, President of Ecuador, was assassinated in Quito. The assassins were fanatical anti-Catholics upset by the pro-Catholic policies of the President, particularly by the fact that he had publicly consecrated Ecuador to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Happily, matters today are more often solved through courts than through assassinations, […]