A thoughtful paper by my friend, Lex Crane, who was a Unitarian Minister and a good friend. He died not long ago but I still think of him and his scooter.

An exchange from not long ago:

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM, Lex wrote:

I was so delighted, so moved by the detailed characterization of me you emailed here not long ago, I saved a copy of it and left it visible on the desktop where I could open it any time I wanted to.  So I reread it recently, and again found it rewarding.  It was comforting to me, because I have found it difficult to think well of myself since early childhood, for any sustained period of time.  I am grateful to you for sending it.

The last paragraph, on second reading, I realized contained a puzzling sentence containing the term “tautology.” I wasn’t clear about its meaning, though I had seen it used often by philosophers. So I looked it up, and found it meant “the saying of the same thing twice in different words.”

In the same sentence, you suggested that Lex’s assertion that “God is truth” may be a tautology, but left it to the readers of your website to decide.  If their conclusion was that the statement was an actual tautology, this would be agreeing with Lex that God is in fact truth or that God=truth, that the two words are synonymous.  Or is my logic flawed in this case?         Lex


Nothing wrong with your logic, Old Man. You and Spinoza are both claiming that God = truth, I think. And for those who continue to believe in god as a super-person I suppose that is shocking.

Those are a pair of excellent sermons. You would have been a hell of a philosopher if you hadn’t gotten mixed up with that religious cult!

How long do you think it will be before World War III?


Bob you dear young man,
I had written my own obituary recently, and it occurred to me today that your characterization of me in your two sermons blurb made me look so good, I added a big chunk of it to that terminal document.  I even gave you credit for it. No plagiarist am I.  See below.
      The Canadian philosopher, Dr Robert Lane, knew Lex for many years, and said that “As you read his written works, try to hear the unique human voice that is right there behind the words. A thoughtful, passionate voice. It is important to hear this human voice, in that the full sense of “human” is such a central part of the message of Lex Crane. He said, for example,  ‘we are free to find salvation now in the fully lived, fully realized human life. We will find it in art, in science, in close relations with people we love. We will find it in ourselves. We will find salvation in being as fully human as it is possible for us to be.’  It is hard to imagine a more fully human being than Lex Crane. He is a good friend, a fine writer, and a student of philosophy and of life.”

Isn’t that beautiful?  The minor editing I did was not aimed at improving it, but rather to the obituary.

At the end of email, you asked, “How long do you think it will be before World War III?”  I think we are on the edge of extinction, and it may happen before we get into World War III.  If not, the war will do just as well to do us in.  Three cheers for homo sapiens.  He had great potential buy his downfall will be caused by his tragic flaw.  Such a pity.          

Bless you my son, Lex

A link to Dr. Crane’s paper on War.

On Nietzsche

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche

Please imagine this conversation between Plato and Nietzsche. Plato has just finished reading Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. He paces the room. Herr Nietzsche is sitting ceremoniously on the brown couch, stroking his mustache. Plato closes the book and smirks… — A free spirit is… Plato says. — No Plato. Nietzsche interrupts. They are not …

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Nietzsche and Suffered Social Histories

Interest in the “therapeutic” aspects of Friedrich Nietzsche’s thought is growing in academic circles, after years of toiling in the shadows of more traditional philosophical interpretations in the tertiary scholarship. Studies such as Michael Ure’s Nietzsche’s Therapy: Self-Cultivation in the Middle Works (2008), Daniel Ahern’s The Smile of Tragedy: Nietzsche and the Art of Virtue (2012), and Horst Hutter and …

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Philosophizing Madness from Nietzsche to Derrida

The DSM-5 defines a mental disorder as “a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning.” The DSM does not emphasize the word reflect. It seems, as many words in this impressive work of intellectual …

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Intellect is pleased to announce that Journal of Popular Television 8.2 is now available! 

For more information about the journal and issue, click here >> https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-of-popular-television

Aims & Scope

Journal of Popular Television is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed journal designed to promote and encourage scholarship on all aspects of popular television, whether fictional or non-fictional, from docudramas and sports to news and comedy.

Issue 8.2


‘I don’t get lucky, I make my own luck’: Masculinities and male bodies in the neo-liberal office space of Suits


Sounds of soccer on-screen: A critical re-evaluation of the role of spectator sounds


Joe Lampton’s north–south divide: Remembering place and space in Man at the Top (1970–72) 


From ‘Redakteursfernsehen’ to ‘showrunners’: Commissioning editors and changing project networks in TV fiction from Germany


Television professionals’ reflections on their practices while cooperating with amateur participants: A case study of three topical Finnish multiplatform shows 


Domesticating desire: Fantasy and social change in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs


Today’s philosophical challenge: resolve the contradiction. (re post)

Let 10 represent the greatest possible happiness for a human to experience, and let 0 represent the minimal amount of happiness for a human life to be worth living, with a smooth gradation along the intervening numbers. 

Now, suppose that there are three futures we could guarantee for the year 2200:

Future A — there are a billion people, all living lives at 7.
Future B — there are two billion people, all living lives at 6.
Future C — there are two billion people, with one billion living lives at 7 and the second billion living lives at 3.5.

Problem: as I will argue if need be in the discussion that follows (should there be one!), A is all-things-considered better than B; B is all-things-considered better than C; and C is all-things-considered better than A.

How can this paradox be resolved?

*Note: I have deliberately excluded external matters like how we can get to these futures and what will happen in the aftermath of these futures. I did that deliberately in order to make clear that, even without those externalities, there seems to be a paradox in these outcomes _themselves_. So no digressions away from the comparisons between the three outcomes in themselves, please! Not fair, and not helpful! Thanks.

Contribute? Participate?

Dear All,

The Practice as Research in the Arts group at LSBU warmly invite you to the second seminar in our Filmmaking as Resistance series. 

Seminar 2 is brought to you by Ken Loach and Meloni Poole.

Date: Wednesday 29thJuly.

Time: 11am

Zoom link will be sent the day before the event. 

This seminar is free and open to all. 

Please register here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ken-loach-and-meloni-poole-filmmaking-as-resistance-2-tickets-113621274290?ref=estw

All the best,

Dr. Matthew Hawkins.
Senior Lecturer, Film Practice | School of Arts and Creative Industries
London South Bank University