Category Archives: Pepper

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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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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A Pepperian approach to tackling the English riots

Most commentators ask, “What’s the cause of the recent looting, arson, property damage and murders, in England?”.   Some go further and ask for a public inquiry.  Others also say, “Punish the offenders as harshly as possible to teach them the … Continue reading

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Doing, enduring and enjoying versus learning

Whenever there is a major inquiry into the failure of a public body to protect the well-being of vulnerable members of society, it is claimed by those responsible for the failure that ‘lessons are to be learned’! However, ‘lessons’ are … Continue reading

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Metaphors and cognitive deceits

Mary Midgley comes close to Pepper when she concludes her article on “The Selfish Metaphor”  http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20927975.600-the-selfish-metaphor-conceits-of-evolution.html Recognising the cultural origins of evolution’s metaphors and that we are slowly, painfully, creating new ones takes the drama out of things, but it … Continue reading

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“I’m dyslexic” from a Pepperian Perspective

Pepper’sriddle allows us to place “I am dyslexic” self-assigned claims, squarely in the Formicist world-view mode. This is further confirmed by the added “Once a dyslexic, always a dyslexic!” Experts who label (for which read ‘diagnose’)  reading and writing difficulties, … Continue reading

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Pepper’s Riddle as a Policy Tool

How to manage change has long been a matter of political and educational debate.  The debate switches focus around leadership qualities, resistance to change, or how to modernise institutions and their thinking. And yet much of the debate about the … Continue reading

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