Category Archives: Common Ground

The EU Referendum: the devil is in the detail, god is in the bigger picture: Pepper, Moscovici, and the EU Referendum

It still is commonplace to try to resolve arguments by claiming that the detail lies with the devil. In the EU Referendum debate, the detail is the unarguable sought for fact. But to date, I’ve neither read nor heard any … Continue reading

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When left is wrong: a 4 year old’s instance of the hegemony of the /right/

When getting ready for school, 4 year old grandson Gabriel and I regularly ‘play’ the putting on the shoes game before going to school. We sit two steps up the turn of the stairs. The ‘game’ consists of saying and … Continue reading

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Is ‘radicalisation’ a substitute for ‘brain washing’?

Brainwashing was once the label given to the process whereby someone was induced to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and accept contrasting and often opposing ideas. When the connotations were bad this was otherwise known … Continue reading

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Where’s the common-ground: different worlds or dumbing down?

Would you say that ‘hire’ means ‘replacement’, and ‘not repairable’ means ‘not worth repairing’? And that ‘Mary’s’ and ‘Mary s’ means the same thing? For some there are no differences! Recently another motorist drove into me. Instead of letting my … Continue reading

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Uta Frith vs Julian Elliott on dyslexia: and autism

Those familiar with Stephen Pepper’s World Hypotheses: A Study in Evidence, won’t be surprised at Uta Frith’s (FT Pioneering Force 11 October 12 October 2014 ) disagreement with Julian Elliott over the nature of dyslexia and its treatment. They inhabited … Continue reading

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The creative spark and dyslexia

In commenting on Gillian Tett’s “How to ignite the creative spark” (FT August 16/17 2014) Mereengineer (FT Magazine, Issue number 577) comments on only one aspect of her account, namely that of creating an ‘open-ended’ environment composed of individuals from … Continue reading

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Alex Polizzi and Gordon Ramsay: progressive problem shifting exemplars?

Neither Alex Polizzi nor Gordon Ramsay are known as cognitive behavioural therapists nor advocates of ‘the talking cures’. And yet anyone who has watched Alex Polizzi in her role as The Fixer on TV’s BBC 2 or Gordon Ramsay in … Continue reading

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The NHS isn’t the only organisation to impose gagging orders: the BPS does so too

The NHS isn’t the only organization to impose gagging orders on its staff. The BPS has effectively done so on at least one of its members since 2006. For what can only be described as self-serving reasons the British Psychological … Continue reading

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Is the description ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbledegook? The British Psychological Society says “Yes”.

Is the attribution ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbleydegook? The British Psychological Society (BPS) believes it is. Since these attributes, used separately, describe how the BPS itself operates the question arises as to why it should regard the concatenation to … Continue reading

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Teaching, performance related pay and the real world!

Some believe that education is a business like any other and therefore not only should its primary beneficiaries -that is successful pupils- be rewarded with starred performance ratings but so should those responsible for enabling such successes -that is their … Continue reading

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