Tag Archives: Systems Thinking

The 11 Books of Christmas

I was a terrible student at high school. Particularly in my last three years, I made a terrible mistake in my choice of friends. I fell in with a group of role-players almost all of whom were “accelerates” – the … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: Freakonomics

I tend to describe myself as a communist at the outset of political discussions with strangers as a strategy for tuning them into the idea that I’m not convinced of the inherent and unassailable correctness of any current political and … Continue reading

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12 Books of Christmas: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

I have recently embarked on the exciting and daunting world of internet dating, which has given me the opportunity to answer various profiling questions so a computer algorithm can determine who I am and match me with someone compatible. It’s … Continue reading

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Irreducible Complexity

My favourite argument in favour of Intelligent Design is “irreducible complexity”. The argument is, roughly, that some things found in nature are so intricate and complex that if you change any one element by even a small amount, the whole … Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier [2014]

I really liked a lot of Iron Man 3, but my favourite part was the trick it plays on the audience. We begin the film with terrorism being committed in the name of “The Mandarin”, clearly modelled on your common … Continue reading

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Engineering Uncertainty

Apparently someone called James Amrhein said that Structural Engineering is: The art and science of moulding materials we do not fully understand; into shapes we cannot precisely analyse; to resist forces we cannot accurately predict; all in such a way … Continue reading

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Pre-The Lives Of Others

The genre of espionage covers a multitude of story structures, so it is something of an omnibus genre in the way that detective fiction or fantasy fiction may not be – each of those being dominated by one specific type … Continue reading

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