Category Archives: identity

Not so contemporary after all

I confess, I was feeling quite contemporary reading this almost-up-to-date psychology and behavioural economics on the elusive nature of the self. Julian Baggini’s book, ‘The Ego Trick‘ (2011) was an eye-opener into the moral and legal issues created when we … Continue reading

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Not quite a film review

During the Christmas holiday, I watched the film ‘Oblivion’ on DVD. It’s a science-fiction film in a post-apocalyptic setting but, surprisingly, the topics of memory, evocative objects and character / identity emerge as significant themes throughout the story. It has … Continue reading

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Outside the head

Most times , when I need to explain something,I end up scrabbling for a pen and some scrap of paper to draw on – maps, diagrams, key words – whatever it takes… But it never really occurred to me that … Continue reading

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Bricks

Just before Christmas, I visited Matt’s Gallery, in London, for work. It was next door to the Ragged School Museum. I arrived early so I meandered around, taking in the environs, which is when I noticed that the museum building … Continue reading

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Personality

It occurred to me the other day that personality could be seen as a form of memory. I’ve read somewhere (!) that for the most part memory is present- or future-oriented. That is, the purpose of memory is not to … Continue reading

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2 desks

 2 desks, both chaotic – one fictional, the other historical. Both speak to my current pre-occupation with stories that can be evoked with everyday objects. The first is described in an excerpt from Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, which I came across … Continue reading

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Bruised but encouraged

In the previous entry I mentioned Raymond Tallis’ book ‘Aping Mankind’; I’ve finished it and it’s hugely relevant but when I tried to summarise some of the ideas in it to a colleague, the expression on their face suggested that … Continue reading

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