Evidence, politicians and the value of debate

A meeting of cultural researchers was held in Lefkosia (Nicosia) this week, under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Union. Participants from across the continent expressed a common concern about cutbacks on cultural spending, as governments struggle with recession and debt. In country after country, budgets for culture are being reduced and … Continue reading Evidence, politicians and the value of debate

Memories worth having

Is it worth it  A new winter coat and shoes for the wife  And a bicycle on the boy's birthday Elvis Costello, Shipbuilding, 1983 The trouble with utilitarianism, apart from ethics, is its simplistic view of reality. Born in an age of ascendant science, it likes to reduce everything to a calculation that, when it is … Continue reading Memories worth having