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Strangling research in its crib [revised] - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake May 21, 2013

The Dominion Post runs a science column by Bob Brockie, who briefly introduces readers to new findings or key ideas from the world of science. It’s a nice addition to the newspaper, better than the scandale du jour that passes for journalism, even if he has the annoying habit of speaking ex cathedra. Monday, though, […] … Read More

NZ’s environmental street cred - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Nov 19, 2012

The last post considered the fetish of hand-crafted goods. Pondering this more yesterday, I wondered how this idea mapped onto environmental values. New Zealand trades on and worries about its environmental ‘brand’, and there seems to be a conflict between pretty green hills and contaminated streams. Then I saw the news reports about Dr Mike [...] … Read More

Fetishisation of the hand-crafted - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Nov 18, 2012

Last night, while ironing my work shirts, myself, by hand, I caught TVNZ’s programme The New Old and its episode ‘The Artisan’. The blurb: Presenter Wallace Chapman looks at the trend against mass-produced goods and the growing market for handcrafted objects. Chapman interviewed several people who were somehow involved with hand-crafting. One couple were rescuing old [...] … Read More