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Tootling on a trumpet known to me…

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…But not in the biblical sense.

No, this is just a spot of shameless self-publicising, show-boating if you will, for I am an author of a blog post on the august,informative and entertaining BBC Focus magazine website!

Get your fix of further Extra mural right along through here.

There; tootling has abated, we’ll be back to the regular service of (almost) science (nearly) journalism toot sweet.



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January 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Truth, uncertainty and belief – Edge Magazine’s big question of 2011

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The days of the New Year drift by; I tick off one more birthday in my ever dwindling years before I succumb to the cold embrace of the grave; February trundles into sight with the horrors of Valentine’s Day. It is therefore time to dive head first once more into the world of all things sciencey to dredge up a tasty morsel or two.

Not two days ago your tragically aged author dids’t converse mightily for over an hour with his long suffering girlfriend about science and its place in the world. An anthropologist (don’t hold it against her), said girlfriend offered many an interesting point on the nature of belief, the arrogance of science as a discipline and the faith that is put in science by lay individuals. Following this intellectual contretemps I did retire to lick my wounds and it is with surprise and satisfaction that over my morning victuals I open my Saturday Guardian to see the very point I set as a foundation for my defence against the marauding social scientist being held aloft by some estimable men of science. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm