Roundup 6 March

Spiked on line, a prickly libertarian view from Britain. Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. The Spectator Culture House.

Killing Greece by kindness to moochers, cronies and regulators. How far are Australia and the US down this road? The illusion of recovery in the US. Get with the Foundation for Economic Education, FEE. Americans today are better off than John D Rockefeller. How John Dewey wrecked American education. Negative interest rates.

Weather. Science on the rack. Pervasive falsehoods in scientific publications. Pseudoscience vs John Christy.

Pictures. WW2 Lancaster over the Niagra Falls.

Books. Don Aitkin completes a trilogy of novels. Better late than never, RIP George Weidenfeld, publisher extraordinaire. Depression era pulp fiction. Gaudy covers.

However, there were some real gems published by Phoenix, including a large number of debut novels by up-and-coming authors, books from talented writers cut loose by larger publishers, and even a number of established writers who were down on their luck and needed a pay check.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the kitschy nature of some titles, collectors of pulp art and design have embraced Phoenix Press for decades. Beyond the content of the books, they are inarguably a treat to look at because of their stylized specters, cartoon cowboys and designer damsels in distress all bursting off the dust jackets in vibrant colors.

For nerds. Turf Hallower. Vaclav Klaus page. How to organize collaboration in the office and waste time!
“A study found that in many companies, the time spent in meetings, on the phone and answering emails takes up to 80% of employees’ time”. Tips for musicians on how to date people who are not musicians.

Some memories of Sir Peter Medawar, scientist and communicator and sometime offspin bowler.

Sir Peter Medawar was respected by scientists and literati alike. It was perhaps not surprising, then, that he would choose to involve himself in the ‘two cultures’ debate of 1959 and beyond. The focus of his intervention was the philosophy of Sir Karl Popper. However, Medawar’s Popper was not the guru of falsification familiar from philosophy textbooks.

Medawar’s distinctive interpretation of Popper treated him instead as the source of insights into the role of creativity and imagination in scientific inquiry. This paper traces the context for Medawar’s adoption of Popperian philosophy, together with its application before the debate. It then examines, within the context of the debate itself, the way in which Medawar attempted to reconcile scientific inquiry with literary practice.

Medawar became increasingly convinced that not only was induction epistemologically unsound, but it was also damaging to the public role of the scientist. His construction of
Popperianism would, he envisaged, provide a worthy alternative for scientists’ self-image.

Atana Dey on Development in India.

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15 Responses to Roundup 6 March

  1. johninoxley

    WW2 Lancaster just WOW! Thanks Rafe.

  2. Muddy

    Ever since Brendan O’Neill has been frothing at the mouth like a five year old about men’s rights activists, I’ve avoided Spiked. A few months ago he wrote an article for either Quadrant or Policy, I can’t recall which, and in his second paragraph issued a broad and infantile put-down of these people, and that lost me.

  3. Rafe Champion

    Muddy, why give up on the whole site because of one person who contributes? Do you have a problem with the history of Dadaism, criticism of Facebook on protecting minorities, Furedi on getting people to pay attention, Lyons on food supplies and warming, Scruton on free speech in universities?

  4. Macbeth

    I see that the Canadian Lancaster has dual controls. Not in my day. Anyone know how that came about?

  5. whyisitso

    I’m aware that Bolt is or has been in Rome, but he appears to have given up on his blog. I think he’s written highly critical articles on Pell in News Corp publications (not The Australian), but he hasn’t indicated links on his blog, so I haven’t read them (I only subscribe to The Oz).

    Channel 10 has dropped him, but I believe he’s been working for Their ABC. Another former conservative lost.

  6. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Muddy, I appreciate that there is too much stuff on the net to read everything, by all means give up on particular people on particular issues but Spiked is worth a look every so often to maintain our rage:)
    Good to see a reminder of Dadaism as well.

  7. Cruse

    #1967563, posted on March 6, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I see that the Canadian Lancaster has dual controls. Not in my day. Anyone know how that came about?


    The RAF continued to use the Lancaster right up to 1956 and the RCAF, who had flown quite a lot of the surving Mark Xs back to Canada, until the early ’60s – the last three Canadian Lancs were retired in 1964. Several of the Mark Xs were retro-fitted with dual controls as a necessary modification for the Mark X’s role in maritime reconnaissance. Presumably this is where the aircraft in the vid. came from.

  8. Ubique

    The Lancaster feature is just awesome.

  9. Macbeth

    Cruse, many thanks. Lancs were great aircraft. I had little to do with them during WW2, but worked on Lincolns post war. They were excellent also. Bigger and better.

  10. Cruse

    #1967795, posted on March 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm
    …. worked on Lincolns post war. Bigger and better

    Umm? There used to be some difference of opinion about the “better” ;-)=
    Incidentally, my first very close-up of a Avro Lancaster came in February 1944, as a very small boy, walking along a very lonely and very narrow country lane to primary school – a ten mile hike, each way, every day. I came around a corner and there was the tail of a crashed Lanc lying across the lane. I knew that it was a Lanc – all of us kids were top-notch plane spotters plus the twin rudder configuration was unmistakeable. The tail gunner was slumped over his guns, his face a mass of blood and there was no signs of life anywhere. I ran like hell to school and told the headmaster. There’s more to the story of course but here’s not the place.
    Saw a lot more of that sort of thing later in life but that episode has never really left me – the pathos of those seven young men (all volunteers) who never quite made it home.

  11. Beertruk

    #1967311, posted on March 6, 2016 at 9:02 am

    +1 from me as well, Rafe. Put the link on a mate’s spacechook page as well.

  12. pbw

    Both O’Neill and Furedi are Marxists. So how is the magazine “libertarian”? This is not about the content, but about the misleading labelling. How proletariat-free Marxism works is beyond me, but I am waiting for indications of the larger game to surface. The one thing it will definitely not be is libertarian.

  13. Bill Thompson

    The “Insiders” panel were in Sydney this morning but look who I ran into in Melbourne! Mitch Fifield wasn’t buying my “ABC Narrative Bingo” shtick but maybe the Communications Minister should listen to the silent majority & order another bias review. I’m sure Barrie Cassidy could find some time in his busy schedule to run it.

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