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The ideas developed here were prompted by my reading a recent blog.
Thank you Becky Jungbauer.


What you are reading is a mix of whimsy, ethics and philosophy applied to a problem in politics.  It does not offer a solution to any specific problem. It may direct the attention away from what is unimportant in current debates about evolution.
One can only live in hope.


An Essay Concerning Wings
What is Pragmatics?

This is a very brief introduction to pragmatics, intended to whet your appetite and encourage you to want to know more.

Pragmatic investigations cover the fields of both linguistics and philosophy.
I shall cover the area of linguistics, the study of how language works, first.

Pragmatics and How Language is Used.

In language studies, pragmatics is a very wide field. It examines our use and our understanding of the language we speak and hear, read and write. Pragmatics examines the importance in language studies of our general knowledge, and the importance of common-sense knowledge of our world.
A Theory of Time - Part One

The problem of time is recognised as
a problem in physics.

What is Time?
What is Time ?
" ... none of the parts of time has an abiding
existence, and that which does not abide can hardly have position.   It
would be better to say that such parts had a relative order, in virtue
of one being prior to another."
Aristotle, in Categories.

I am in process of writing a blog on this.   The purpose of the current  'Random Noise' blog is to discuss ideas about the nature of time.  My own theory of time embraces these notions:
In the former USSR there was a popular joke:

When two people sit down to conspire, one of them is a KGB agent and the other is a fool.

Behind many conspiracy and denial theories is a common flaw, which I shall attempt to show using the experimental method.

An experiment to prove that humans have landed on the moon.

You will need:
A finger.
At least one eyeball, preferably your own.
At least one brain.
Optional:
An office-type swivel chair.
and / or
A railway train or a road vehicle.

Method:
There is an old gag which asks: "Why don't polar bears eat penguins?" The answer is that polar bears inhabit arctic regions, whereas penguins inhabit antarctic regions, as shown here.

There is a saying that the poles are where weather is made. Weather is a heat-driven system, the temperature difference between the poles and the equator, amongst other things, drives our weather. Air is constantly being either warmed or cooled in a planet-wide system, but air is warmed much more in the equatorial regions and cooled more in the polar regions.  (Please note: this is a deliberate oversimplification for purposes of explanation.)