The troublesome folly of man’s quest for glory & how we may overcome it

We men continue to blight the world with the same aggressive competitive behaviour that has been the cause of universal suffering throughout our history. Generally, these troubling characteristics appear to be an innate feature of our male ‘nature’, which we can see mirrored in the behaviour of other mammal species, from apes to zebras. But … More The troublesome folly of man’s quest for glory & how we may overcome it

The roots of narcissism & other highly problematic human traits

One aspect of human nature where we can clearly witness the intellectualisation and exploitation of our instinctive drives is in our fascination with ‘status’. Systems of status and hierarchy have evolved within animal species to ensure the fitter, stronger and more determined individuals will dominate the breeding, or become the leaders of the group. For … More The roots of narcissism & other highly problematic human traits

Conceptual art and the employment of glamour

In a recent BBC documentary Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? art historian Dr James Fox “embarks on an open-minded guide for the perplexed and asks ‘What is conceptual art?’ ‘How should we approach it?’ and crucially, ‘Why should we care?’” About halfway through, Dr Fox discovers a work of conceptual art that really appears to … More Conceptual art and the employment of glamour