It's still lockdown here. We've been in lockdown since Christmas. I was sure back then that restrictions would be relaxed in January. How wrong was I? We have had to cancel our April holiday. This is the same April holiday we cancelled last year in April - we moved it to this April. Now we've… Continue reading Pancake Sunday
Ramblings on cycling, the pandemic, and climate change
I had such a busy week this week that I haven't had the chance to write since last weekend. It has been mostly work-related busy but also some cycling advocacy busy-ness too. We at the Aberdeen Cycle Forum published a list of ten suggestions for the city council to implement for social distancing. So far… Continue reading Ramblings on cycling, the pandemic, and climate change
How long should the lockdown last?
If there's anyone you absolutely must follow on Twitter it's Peter Singer. He's the world's most influential moral philosopher and someone I would describe as a modern-day Jesus. You can follow him here: https://twitter.com/PeterSinger In 100 years the world will look back and see Peter Singer as someone who did more than anyone else to… Continue reading How long should the lockdown last?
Be kind to living things
I've haven't written much lately because I've been busy. Everyone is busy, I know. All the snow has melted here but it hung around for a long time. Usually when we get snow it's all gone within a couple of days. The chances of a white Christmas now are very remote. It looks like we'll… Continue reading Be kind to living things
Elizabeth has been reading Sophie's World which is an introductory philosophy book for children. Recently she started talking about someone called So-crates and someone else called Arse-trolls. It took us a little while to realise she was referring to Socrates and Aristotle 🙂
Mr Lemon and Mrs Egg
I did a terrible thing last night: I sliced Mr Lemon in two. Elizabeth likes to draw faces on lemons and give them names. Last night I needed a lemon for my pasta dish and I saw "Mr Lemon" in the fridge and assured myself that she'd never know. My mistake was to leave his… Continue reading Mr Lemon and Mrs Egg
Goodbye, Derek Parfit
Imagine you're in a car crash and the only part of you that survives is your brain. Suppose your brain is transplanted into the body of a brain-dead patient. Does the person become you? Are you still alive? What if instead your brain is cut in half and transplanted into the bodies of two people. Are… Continue reading Goodbye, Derek Parfit
Is Pokémon Go immoral?
Ben brought back an English newspaper from Russia. He thought I might be interested because there's an article about Pokémon Go in it. Here's an excerpt: Nintendo refuses to reveal when the game will be released in Russia. But Russia's traditional values crusaders are already worried nonetheless. "It feels like the devil arrived through [Pokémon] and… Continue reading Is Pokémon Go immoral?
What is freedom of speech?
I've been thinking quite a bit about the idea of freedom of speech and freedom of expression this week and what it means exactly. It's not something I've thought a great deal about in the past because I've always felt I had the freedom to express my thoughts, which I quite frequently do, and I'm very grateful… Continue reading What is freedom of speech?
On eating plants
I thought I'd explain in this post a bit about what my tagline "eats plants" actually means. I have been reluctant to write about this here before because I don't want to come across as judgemental of what other people eat. We each make the best decisions we can and so here I want to… Continue reading On eating plants