Hole Ousia


Hole Ousia is beyond measurement.

Lennox and Gotthelf, in “Philosophical Issues in Aristotle’s Biology”:

Hole Ousia described - from 'Philosophical issues in Aristotle's biology'

Hans-Georg Gadamer, in “The Enigma of Health” :Gadamer on Hole Ousia

In a poetic form by Peter J. Gordon:

Hole Ousia collage


To restore the innocent eye

This film is based upon the meeting held at Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School on the 29th May 2016.

The meeting was entitled “Traditionalism: Edinburgh’s dilemma”

‘But the caption is wrong’

What follows is some of what mattered to me from a wonderful book:

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‘Good eyesight is linked with success’

A film a bout Kinneil House, or Palice, Boness:

All that survived was age-old feeling

Did you know that Kirkpatrick MacMillan invented the first bicycle.

In this film, Peter and Ian cycle back through in time, on a childhood adventure: an adventure where Peter was reminded of what really does matters most.

To learn from and cherish

In the Scottish Herald on the 1st October 2016:


reminded us all that:


and suggested that we:


Rebecca McQuillan  worried, as I do, that:


Our treasured NHS and those who educate us might consider:


As an NHS doctor for those who I value and respect I worry about the promulgation of a reductive language of loss. I often hear our older generation described as a “challenge” and that complex, and unique situations have been reduced to a single word, such as “frailty”, “capacity” and “delirium”. Language evolved over tens of millennia to avoid such simplification.

Rebecca McQuillan closes beautifully:


I shared this post with the British Medical Journal. There was 
an interesting reaction on social media to my post and to those made 
by others by the original columnist:

"some truly bizarre responses to what was a mainstream common 
on acute frailty"

"I am thinking of changing my BMJ column from 'acute perspective' 
to 'everybody must get Stoned'"

The anatomy of emotion

Marischal College, Aberdeen, where Peter and Sian, and their respective classes (class of 1988 and class of 1990) studied in their pre-clinical years of medicine.

The idea of this film is a journey from inside-to-outside, and outside-to-inside.

This film is also a plea for pluralistic science. By this I mean a naturalistic science that does not artificially separate subjectivity from ‘objectivity’ and where the Arts and science hold hands.