Patrick Matthew of Gourdiehill, Perthshire (1790 –1874) was a true social maverick. Many folk more able than I, are endeavouring to secure his proper place in history. On Gourdiehill, cultural … Continue reading Gourdiehill

Prince Peter Kropotkin

Marx and Engels in their commentary on Darwin spoke of his materialism as ‘mechanical’, to be distinguished from their own dialectical and historical materialism. The supernatural, and hence religious belief, … Continue reading Prince Peter Kropotkin

Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s unforgettable creation of Frankenstein’s monster. Her book, first published in 1818, was however profoundly critical of the amoral character of science and scientists; she saw the horrors committed … Continue reading Shelley’s Frankenstein