January 4, 2019
Twelvetide 18:11 the numinous
I first came across the idea of the numinous when I picked up a second hand copy of Rudolf Otto’s […]
January 2, 2019
Twelvetide 18:09 habits & the soul
One of those quotes from the bible that most people are, at least in the western tradition, aware of comes […]
January 1, 2019
Twelvetide 18:08 meaning making
Some years ago I was at an Academy of Management meeting in Washington DC to receive an award for original […]
December 31, 2018
Twelvetide 18:07 loyalty and trust
I’ve managed to pass the half way point in this series and I’m feeling confident about completion. But I’m heading […]
December 30, 2018
Twelvetide 18:06 free will
It’s very difficult to talk about ethics without at least mentioning the question of free will, and (I would contend) […]
December 29, 2018
Twelvetide 18:05 metaphor
Yesterday’s post looked at a case in which narrative techniques were used to present individual leaders with multiple challenging perspectives; […]
December 28, 2018
Twelvetide 18:04 empathy through perspective
As you may have gathered over the first few posts in this series I’m not seeking to solve the meta […]
December 27, 2018
Twelvetide 18:03 between obligations
I’m not sure when, or why, my life long dislike of Utilitarianism started but I still remember discovering the elegant […]
December 26, 2018
Twelvetide 18:02 immersion in value
Art has many roles in human evolution but one of the most important is to teach values and trigger people […]
December 25, 2018
Twelvetide 18:01 introducing axiology
In recent years I’ve managed to attempt, and mostly complete, a series of Christmas posts on a range of subjects. […]
January 5, 2018
It’s a wrap, for now …
  I’m now at the end of the Christmas series of posts summarising some of the uniquesess of human systems […]
January 4, 2018
The abstract and the liminal
  I’m now reaching the end of this series and I haven’t exhausted all the characteristics that distinguish human systems […]
January 3, 2018
We are aware, we don’t just react
The Anthropocene is generally dated from the Trinity Test – the first explosion of a Nuclear Bomb which tool place […]
January 2, 2018
Identity
One of the more fascinating aspects of human systems, and one of the most significant differences with the wider field […]
January 1, 2018
Conflict
You see conflict and care in all systems but humans are pretty unique in allowing both to exist outside kinship […]
December 31, 2017
Inclinations & dispositions
One of the most important things to grasp about a complex adaptive system is that, at a system level, we […]
December 29, 2017
Senses of direction
I’ve spent a fair amount of my time in the mountains working within a general sense of direction but adjusting […]
December 28, 2017
Scale
The third aspect of anthro-complexity I want to discuss is the complex and problematic issue of scaling. Now this is […]
December 27, 2017
Proximity in time, space & truth
The next aspect of uniqueness in human systems that I want to address is that of proximity. In ‘standard’ complexity […]
December 26, 2017
Inherent uncertainty is our natural habitat
Yesterday I used Paul Cilliers list of characteristics of a complex adaptive systems to introduce the idea that complexity in […]
December 25, 2017
Xmas 2017: I Introduction
One of the oddiities of our increasingly digitial world is the way that birthday and other reminders pop into view […]
January 11, 2016
Space
An article in the Washington Post caught my attention at the end of last year. It argues against open plan […]
January 5, 2016
twelve drummers drumming
Any mention of drums brings to mind the truly great Ginger Baker and some fond memories of more youthful days. […]
January 4, 2016
eleven pipers piping
We are probably still in the party theme section of the carol and destined to finish there with a dozen […]
January 3, 2016
ten lords a leaping
So we have a choice between the ten commandments or a reference to cuckoos. As a symbol of immorality and […]
January 2, 2016
nine ladies dancing
From this point in the series continuity gets rather difficult. The various known versions of the carol have different variations […]
January 1, 2016
eight maids a milking
If we continue with the idea that every day is about a different bird then this one is about magpies. […]
December 31, 2015
seven swans a swimming
So far I have studiously avoided the usurpation of the carol as a catechism memory tool. But I am tempted […]
December 30, 2015
six geese a laying
You know how images from some of those stories you read as a child never leave you? I have a […]
December 29, 2015
five gold rings
The first five books of the Old Testament, recording man’s sinful failure and God’s grace? Five ring-necked pheasants symbolising fire […]
December 28, 2015
four colly birds
Again multiple interpretations and also adaptations. Calling birds is now common, but the original references birds that are coal-black so […]
December 27, 2015
three french hens
I must admit that this was one of the most problematic of the verses when I did a quick viability […]
December 26, 2015
two turtle doves
While the conventional interpretation relates to devoted love I want to look at this more in the context of love […]
December 25, 2015
and a partridge in a pear tree
One of the issues I’ve found with the Twelve Days of Christmas nursery rhyme is that is no precise agreement […]
December 31, 2012
§ THE END §
Its time to bring this Christmas blog sequence to an end as the year draws to a close.  Choosing which […]
December 30, 2012
the need to kill and the need to make…
I've mentioned the terror of the Earldelving before and recommended Alan Garner's books, based around Alderley Edge in Cheshire, that […]
December 29, 2012
full of ‘satiable curtiosity!
Kipling, the first English author to win the Nobel Prize for literature, had to appear in this series sooner or […]
December 28, 2012
… in a hollow oak by a woodland river
Swinging back to those glorious years for English literature between the two world wars, I come to Tarka the Otter. […]
December 27, 2012
Rule Forty-two
I've sorted out the sequence of the final posts here which will take me through to the 31st, allowing me […]
December 26, 2012
… the Men of the Northlands sit by their great log fires and they tell a tale…
At some stage this week, this series of posts on children's stories is going to have to come to an […]
December 25, 2012
the close and holy darkness
First published in the year of my birth, a year after the the poets tragic early death, Dylan Thomas's A Child's […]
December 24, 2012
I’ll thcream and thcream ‘till I’m thick
It's Christmas Eve (in the western tradition) and I am afraid we are back in the Edwardian period again with […]
December 23, 2012
Eagles should soar
So far in this Christmas series I have been dealing with books published, or largely written between the two world […]
December 22, 2012
There and back again
And so, in the third of this Christmas series on children's book we come to The Hobbit.  Published in 1937 […]
December 21, 2012
An awe that smote and held him
Well the world didn't end today, although given the inability of Cardiff Blues to win matches I was rather wishing […]
December 20, 2012
A Thing which seemed Thingish
I drove up to Warwick University by way of Bath this morning.  Bath was for a fascinating meeting on representation […]