Thoughts on Persuasion

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A talk so good I went out and bought the book. Given I was in a foul mood at this point in the event, that was a big suc­cess for the speaker.

I’m not sure how much I can use this; I’m not inter­ested in mak­ing sales. It is inter­est­ing to know about thought to see how you can be unin­ten­tion­ally per­suaded by oth­ers actions.

Old Harry’s Game returns to Radio 4extra

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It’s effect­ively a reboot of the series. It’s radio and avail­able world­wide. Spin on to 3m15s for the start of the programme.

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Old Harry’s Game: Series 6: Episode 1
Satan strikes a bizarre bar­gain with an emin­ent his­tor­ian. Sitcom stars Andy Hamilton.

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Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day is due out in April

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I missed this till now. There’ll be a fourth instal­ment of the Science of Discworld. If you haven’t read any of the Science of Discworld books, they’re dif­fer­ent to the usual Science of… books in that Discworld doesn’t run on sci­ence so there’s not much point explain­ing how it could work sci­en­tific­ally. Instead it fol­lows an exper­i­ment by the wiz­ards of Unseen University to cre­ate a world that runs on rules instead of nar­rativium. Roundworld has no magic so how does a world come together and how does life col­on­ise it?

Science of Discworld II: The Globe was about the devel­op­ment of Mind with the aid of two play­wrights and Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch looked at how the idea of evol­u­tion was inven­ted again and again until Charles Darwin made it stick.

For Science of Discworld IV the Omnians have dis­covered about the Roundworld pro­ject. A world that is actu­ally round but has no gods is a bit of a prob­lem for the Omnians who believe that the disc is a globe, but are very keen on a God.

The cur­rent pub­lic­a­tion date is April 11.http://​www​.ran​dom​house​.co​.uk/​e​d​i​t​i​o​n​s​/​t​h​e​-​s​c​i​e​n​c​e​-​o​f​-​d​i​s​c​w​o​r​l​d​-​i​v​-​j​u​d​g​e​m​e​n​t​-​d​a​y​/​9​7​8​0​0​9​1​9​4​9​792

There was also a talk on the sci­ence of Discworld in Dublin last year.

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Stuck for a romantic science gift? You’ll have to be fast

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If you’re very quick you can make your own rain­bow roses, or other flowers. You’ll need a white rose, some food col­our­ing, a knife to split a stem and some time. +Anne Osterrieder has the details at AoB Blog.

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Roses are red — but they don’t need to be, if you know how to use food dyes and Fibonacci
Valentine’s Day is here and unless you share the cyn­ics’ view that this is a hol­i­day inven­ted by the flower industry, you might set off to buy a bunch of flowers for your other half on the day. Nex.…..

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