Behind the graph

For my birthday, my son Andrew gave me the book ‘Scientific Babel’ by Michael D. Gordin. Here are a few extracts:    

Free Expression Wall (#1)

What would you write on the “Free Expression Wall”? At the time that I found this wall, outside Edinburgh’s Student Union, it was blank.    

An interior of others

The words below are borrowed from Ali Smith (‘Winter‘) and Evelyn Waugh (‘Decline and Fall’). The film “An interior of others” is based on images of Eastend House, Carmichael:  

‘Keith did not go quietly’

Keith Connors died on the 5th July 2017. Shortly before his death he helped write this obituary: Shortly before his death, I communicated with Leon Eisenberg and had this kind … Continue reading ‘Keith did not go quietly’

Were we asleep at the wheel?

At the beginning of June 2008 I sent an e-mail to Dr Leon Eisenberg, a former child psychiatrist, and a man of philosophy and science: Dr Eisenberg was then 89 … Continue reading Were we asleep at the wheel?

Reductionism – truly, madly, deeply

On Friday the 25th of November 2016 I gave a talk for the Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Special Interest Group. My subject was “Improvement Science”. The following is based on the slides and … Continue reading Reductionism – truly, madly, deeply

Time held green

Chapter three of ‘Repeats its love’: Time held green [1] Just last week whilst in Edinburgh for a medical conference, the writer spent his lunchtime rather unsociably walking over the … Continue reading Time held green

The architecture of the mind

Repeats its love, Mavisbank Chapter Eight: The architecture of the mind[1]   After the Batty Tukes, there was a succession of Superintendents for Mavisbank (although it was still called New … Continue reading The architecture of the mind

Gilbert Farie

Gilbert Farie by Ken Gray If today you were to pick up a telephone directory for Glasgow City or the West of Scotland and looked up the surname FARIE you … Continue reading Gilbert Farie