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I have been attempting to write a book for at least 3 years, and as if to emphasis, at least to myself that I didn’t actually know when I started what it was going to cover, the title has changed several times. Each of those titles have become sections, chapters, or sometimes are just mentioned, but the most recent title seems to encapsulate what I now feel, and where I feel most comfortable.

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In “The Go Between” a novel by L. P. Hartley is the oft quoted “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there”. In the book’s prologue the hero chances on his diary as a thirteen year old in 1900 and from that pieces together his memories. Under its influence, and from the…

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In 2016 the arrival of the Trump phenomenon in the United States and Brexit in the United Kingdom, and the accelerating irrationality and incoherence they brought with them perturbed me at the time and ever since. In particular it was the denial of the scientific rationality which underpinned the progress of the past two centuries in Western society that caused me most concern. It was an uncomfortable ending to my life long optimism that no matter what happened humans were essentially rational, were in control and would continue to move forward and find solutions to our problems. I had accepted this model based on the post World War II scientific and technological boom and the “education for all” principles which the Western world had adopted.

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