18 February 2011
I’m pleased to say that my long discursive entry two days ago seems to have been well received. In fact, one reader described it as the finest entry yet. Another one referred to an anthropocentric view. I must confess I had to look up the definition of anthropocentric, not a word in my normal vocabulary. To save my other readers Â the trouble of seeking a definition, I can tell you it means basically human-centred, or put another way, the Â belief that humans are the central and most significant entities in the universe, or the assessment of reality through an exclusively human perspective. If you take the trouble to look at the comments on 16 February entry you will see that that particular reader is horrified at the thought of the universe being human-centred. In other words, this reader Â shares my view of evolution rather than creationism. I particularly liked her quotation from Bertram Russell, who I’ seem you recall, had a deathbed conversion, having been an atheist most of his life. He speaks of God’s uneasy vanity which reminds me of another aspect of God which has Always concerned me. If he is the all powerful wondrous Â being, that we are all led to believe, why does he require us to worship him?. Surely that is uneasy vanity.! I suggest you read the comments for yourself.
A quiet weekend. The beginning of the World Cricket Series which I believe goes on about seven weeks, the opening match being between India and Bangladesh. However, true to my earlier promise, I will keep my comments on the matches to an absolute Â minimum and then restrict them to those matches when England is playing.
It is also the beginning of half-time for schools in the UK and also parliament! I know that some of our politicians work quite hard but do they really need, or indeed deserve, to have half term holidays, three times a year, Like our schoolchildren. (When I look in on the debate in Parliament there are scarcely half a dozen members on either side in attendance, the others, or at least some of them, are serving on various committees) After all they get a long recesses in the summer and other recesses at Easter and Christmas. In fact, I believe they get slightly longer holidays all round than schoolteachers. Why? Perhaps, if I have an MP reader, he/she would attempt to justify it for my benefit and those of the other readers. From my selfish point of view it means that during the half term I will see my grandchildren — they come down next weekend.
I recently sent to them a little puzzle which is set as part of the School examinations in China for 9 or 10-year-olds.
I included it here for you to have a try yourself and see if you can manage to work it out in under two minutes. Frog Test – it will probably drive you crazy!! Watch out, the Chinese are coming and us lazy Westerners will be hard pressed to keep up with them. Having said that, what happened to quality-of-life – but that discussion is for another day.