Monthly Archives: January 2011

Take the tube

Re-reading, I have been struck by the quality of discussion in the Phoenix mother and baby case: A distressing decision. At the time of my writing this, the majority of you lean to the hospital’s side. But there are contributors … Continue reading

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A distressing decision

When I was briefly at business school in Ontario the primary teaching method was the case study, followed by a demanding discussion. The measurement of each episode’s success was the degree to which it brought out conflicting issues leading to … Continue reading

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Postscript to Schadenfreude

In my recent post I wrote about schadenfreude – that nasty quirk of human nature which leads us to take a secret pleasure in the misfortunes of others. Here are a couple of additional points, relevant to the subject. Researchers … Continue reading

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“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments – there are only consequences.” This dictum, which we owe to Robert Ingersoll – the American agnostic and freethinker – might well have been invoked by Archbishop Léonard when he was explaining … Continue reading

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Golden anniversary reflections

Quentin writes: this came from John Candido. I thought that it deserved a post of its own. Plenty of comment needed here! The article in ‘The Swag’ magazine that I mentioned and gave a link to, is so good I … Continue reading

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