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May 2013

HTLGI2013 About Time

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

After the quacking of the last session this was a delight.  Alexandra Paulin-Booth a PhD candidate at Oxford talking about the neglect of time in academic history.  Just a lovely idea and really well illustrated.   OK her presentation was driven by an obvious liking for anarchists but it was a refreshing presentation.   I asked her if she had read the anthropological literature on time and ended up giving her some references.  People get stuck in silos so easily when they do PhDs, but here we had someone prepared to explore them.  I...

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HTLGI2013 Quack Policy

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

J B White was billed as a Philosopher turned management consultant (one of several with a book to sell at this event) but his session was more pop science than anything else.  He was making the legitimate point that a lot of what is called evidence in government is nonsense but there are a lot better targets that the unit price of alcohol.  The one good thing he brought out was the substitution issue, but his wider argument of the right to enjoy was based on a primitive concept of exchange and rational decision making which to be...

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HTLGI2013 The New Europe

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

I'd been looking forward to this session with Simon Glendinning of the LSE.   The issue was the role of Europe a topic which is a difficult one for the English (less so interestingly for the Welsh and the Scots).  He was addressing Habermas's ideas for a unified Europe with those implied in Kant and that is a combination that was always going to be interest.   My summary below is pretty comprehensive and as it was a smallish audience we got into an interesting discussion.   

I suggested that the homogeneity implied by Habermas was...

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HTLGI2013 Beyond Equality

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 28, 2013  ·  Thinking events

My second and last day dawns with heavy rain which will persist throughout the day.  Pathways become mud baths and the organisers finally give up trying to make us queue outside the tents for a programmed start.  Every chairperson apologies for the noise of rain on canvass which is the background to every talk.

First up for me is the campaigner Peter Tatchell.  Its a surprisingly small audience for what is a considered and valuable presentation on the dangers of confusing the acquisition of rights and equality with real change.  

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HTLGI2013 on Politicians & Trust

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 27, 2013  ·  Thinking events

This session was always going to be fun.  George Galloway is a ferocious debater with an eye for a twist in an argument that is a delight, even though I have little respect for Respect (his party).  Shirley Williams joins form the last session to provide a balance and her one to one dialogues with George are a a delight.  She has his measure, he obviously respects her and she knows that generation of the Labour Party from which he comes.  Otherwise we have Phillip Collins who was a speech writer to Blair which means he is a red rag...

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