Do I have what it takes to be a Guardian Reader? I have always been desperately keen to say: “yes I am, I’m deeply socialist in moral and ethical terms”.
JFK famously said “Ich Bin ein Berliner” but I can perhaps more accurately say the same thing about London.
Rembrandt – Belshazzar’s feast: the literature, art and music of religion still hold a vast sway over the imagination of many of us.
Jan van Eyck painted what has become known as the Arnolfini Portrait in 1434.
He is an odd character the bully, a difficult one to work out sometimes.
Beauty comes in so many forms and is so utterly transformative wherever it is encountered.
The act of self expression in writing seems to provide relief from strong or long repressed emotions – a catharsis.
Are we all hypocrites or is there the odd saintly exception?
Every human should have the right to take his or her own life and the means to do so painlessly and swiftly should be made easily and openly available.
What possible use is hindsight when the past is behind us and unchangeable?
Nobel prize winning physicist Frank Wilczek’s book “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” is certainly worth reading.
I do not read the news because it is repetitive, dispiriting, boring and irrelevant.
Regret, while you still have breath, is a wasteful extravagance, a futile and destructive luxury.
To have lived a good life is all that matters in the end.
If there is one thing I can not stand it is a mealy mouthed clergyman (in that mournful oh so serious and pious voice) telling us we are all so sinful
Racism is most often and probably correctly thought of as a modern phenomenon.
Evil cannot exist without consciousness and free will.
Anger is an invention of the selfish gene, an evolutionary tool for the survival of the fittest.
Why is it that siblings often fall out in such a bitter fashion on the death of parents? Is it a petty dispute over the will? Or is it something deeper?
Is the “salesman” grubby and embarrassing by definition?
I write to educate myself.
Epiphany is usually thought of in a religious context but it can equally be a secular phenomena where one is struck by some extreme beauty or revelation.
The New Age movement is a range of spiritual beliefs and practices that on the surface is full of foolish nonsense.
“Renaissance Men” were able to master and practice a number of widely different subjects. Can it still be done in today’s highly specialised world?
Consciousness can only be sought through science and empirical, rational thought.
Embrace the positive avoid the negative.
Mechanical strategies for trading futures usually include fixed fractional position sizing to limit initial risk from any single trade.
Futures traders generally employ exit points in the form of volatility based stops for each position (established at initiation) determining when to cut a loss short and operating in conjunction with position sizing rules.
A quantitative trend following system must define: when to enter a position; how much to buy; when to exit a position.
The Global Macro hedge fund strategy can be defined as dynamic global asset allocation. Global Macro hedge fund managers have the ability to take positions in any instrument in any market throughout the world.
We are all looking to get rich quick. We are all looking for something for nothing. But few of us will succeed and even fewer will be able to retain the short-lived gains.
The large majority of start-up projects sink without trace. The occasional winner however can make up the losses and yield a profit on the portfolio.
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A few Simple Investment Rules are All You Need.
Investment is extremely simple. Wide diversification and the avoidance of cots and complexity is the way to go.
Depression can only be defeated by science and rational enquiry not airy faerie emotional wallowing such as is to be found in most useless self help books.
Fundamental analysis of stock market investments is a futile and expensive waste of time and should be wholly replaced by quantitative analysis.
Philosopher David Pearce has a message of overwhelming significance: The Abolition of Suffering can and will be achieved.
Who thinks finance, stock broking and fund management are respectable professions dedicated to increasing the wealth of their customers?
Technical analysis is nothing less than embarrassing nonsense practiced by fools or knaves.
If you want long term investment success, then trade as seldom as possible.
Profitable investment is very simple and yet an entire industry has been spawned which cons the public into imagining the process is very complex.
How has it come to pass that a tiny handful own the vast majority of this tiny spaceship we call the Earth?
The universe is infinite and contains infinite matter and yet we are still faced with overwhelming poverty and suffering on a global scale. How come?
A quale is the singular form of the plural qualia. Qualia are a linguistic attempt to describe the subjective experience of consciousness.
The question “what am I” is the most important avenue any sentient being can enter.
If you can deal with depression at all you need to determine whether your life is causing your anxiety or whether it is your anxiety which is ruining your life.
Can we find peace in this world despite what the Book of Common Prayer says?
If you are not satisfied and fulfilled by your job it is a fair bet you are not happy. Certainly not as happy as you could and should be.
Self help gurus are guaranteed fakes. So are all other self anointed gurus. Avoid them – run for your life and keep your purse locked.
Will science provide what religion has failed to give us? According to the “transhumanists” the answer is assuredly yes.
Happiness is perhaps best described as the absence of unhappiness.
Suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes runs close by. Don’t follow it!
The bald facts are that Ian Banks was a Scottish socialist and atheist and one of the finest writers and thinkers of our age.
Physics has created the human mind; physics aided by the human mind can certainly create general artificial intelligence.
“Dementia” is simply an umbrella term for a vast and cruel range of hideous and debilitating symptoms.
Meditation is not or need not be any sort of religious devotion. But it must become a way of life if it is to be any help to you.
There can hardly be a sight so little edifying as the Right Honourable Gentlemen of the House of Commons in full debate.
President Donald Trump: is he bad or simply an extreme example of vulgarity and brash showmanship?
Is Jacob Rees-Mogg Walter the Softy?
Depression and determinism: can we influence our moods, can we “change our mind”?
War has its origins in the very first animal life to evolve on earth.
The beauty of CS Lewis’ writing and the loveliness of Pauline Bayne’s illustrations.
Cargo cults provide a fascinating insight into the origins of religion.
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings
You do not have to be a Christian to immerse yourself in the timeless reflections of the Book of Common Prayer.
A rich and engaging portal into the mind of an age emerging into the modern world.
There comes a time to gradually withdraw from the world.